Sam F. Cole Jr.
Sam F. Cole, Jr.

Memphis, TN

Sam F. Cole, Jr., 82, long-time Memphis lawyer, died peacefully Friday, February 22. He practiced law from the late 1960s until shortly before his death.

An Episcopalian, he served on the vestries of both St. John's Episcopal Church and, later, Calvary Episcopal Church. He sang in the choirs of both parishes. He graduated from Central High School and Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College) where he ran track. Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force with a degree in biology, he was assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where he had charge of laboratory testing for chimpanzees before and after they were sent into space by satellite.

With an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Memphis and obtained his law degree from Memphis State University (University of Memphis). He thenentered into law practice with his father, Sam F. Cole, Sr. He was a member of the Memphis, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations and the Kiwanis Club of Memphis.

For many years Mr. Cole was Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 75. His favorite outdoor activities were canoeing, hunting, and fishing.

He leaves his wife, Merrill Ann Leslie Cole; three sons, Jonathan Merrill Cole (Paul Linxwiler) of Memphis, David Allen Cole of Arlington, VA, and Samuel F. "Trey" Cole III, and one grandson, Patrick Merrill Cole, both of Hong Kong; a sister, Betty Cole Thompson of McLean, VA: and a brother, James P. Cole (Suzanne Henley) of Memphis.

A family visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Mr. Cole donated his body to Genesis Legacy of Life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be sent to the Calvary Friends of Music, 102 N. 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103.
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Published by The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 27, 2019.
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Peace and love to the family of Sam Cole. He was a friend In The Law
whose good humor always helped the
Legal profession. Most sincerely, Dottie Pounders
Dorothy Pounders
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March 2, 2019
Mo Pledger
February 28, 2019
I am very saddened to hear about your loss. Mr Cole was always a great mentor and friend to myself and other boys that were under him in Troop 75. Although time has carried on and we have been somewhat separated, i will always consider all of you as Family. My sincere condolences.
Darin BUtler
February 28, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Cole family for the loss of your dear Loved one.
Ann
February 27, 2019
Mo Pledger
February 27, 2019
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