Vera Mae Phillips "Flip" Cole
1924 - 2020
Cole, Vera "Flip" Mae Phillips

June 2, 1924 - September 21, 2020

Mrs. Vera "Flip" Mae Phillips Cole, 96, of Winston-Salem, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020. She was born in Forsyth County on June 2, 1924, to the late John Bennett and Lula Adela Young Phillips. Flip was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was retired from the Royal Cake Company with over twenty years of dedicated service. Flip always welcomed strangers as if they were family, always had a smile for you, fed everyone who was hungry, and spread warmth, love, and kindness to all. If you met her, you liked her, and if you knew her, you loved her. In addition to her parents, Flip is preceded in death by her husband of thirty-eight years, Porter Jacob Cole, Sr.; two daughters, Cecelia Chandler and Linda Brooks; three grandchildren, Christina Willis, Junior and Jason Butcher; two sisters; and six brothers. Surviving are five children: Porter Cole, Jr. (Tina) of Sparta, Stevie Cole (Patty) of Danbury, Susan Willis (Butch) of Walnut Cove, Sandra Ivester (Wayne) of Winston-Salem, and Lesa Butcher (Gary) of Statesville; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Rudy Chandler and Bobby Brooks; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service will be held 12 Noon Saturday, September 26, 2020, at River Oaks Community Church, officiated by Pastor Bobby Smith. Interment will follow the service at Boyles Chapel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in King. The family will receive friends from 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at

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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Sep. 24, 2020.
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Aunt Vera Mae was like a 2nd mother to me. Growing up, I was at her house about as much as I was at home. She and Granny took care of me when I had my son, because Mama was working. I remember the bus trip Mama, Vera Mae, and I took to New England in the fall. We had such a good time. I know Vera Mae did not have an easy life...but there was always a smile on her face. And I wIll always remember that smile. God speed to my precious Aunt. She is with her loved ones now. And, I know she is smiling. I love you, Aunt Vera Mae.
Judy MacDonald
September 25, 2020
Vera Mae made such a difference in my life from the first moment I met her. We became friends very quickly and soon were like family. I loved her dearly and know she loved me as well.
Dorothy Hollander
September 24, 2020
Haven't seen ms Vera Mae in awhile, but you're right, if you knew her you loved her. She was the sweetest lady, always made you feel at home around her and her family. I'm sorry for your loss.
Ann Harlan
September 24, 2020