Donald E. Cole

Published 2:37 pm Monday, May 1, 2017

Donald E. Cole, 91, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Bridge City. Donald was born April 29, 1926, in Marion, Iowa to Ernest and Violet Cole.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Steve Leger.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

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He was a veteran of WWII. He was a self-employed Master Plumber for over 25 years. Donald became Orange County Commissioner in 1985 where he served three terms. Donald also served six years on the City Council for Bridge City. He was a member of Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and Bridge City Rotary. He was the organizer of the construction of the BC/Orangefield Community Center and also served on the committee that was instrumental in the incorporation of the City of Bridge City. He was also named Citizen of the Year. He was also a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus Counsel #3406.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Gene Cole, Vern Cole, Benny Cole, and Vivian Blanchard; and his son, Donald Wayne Cole.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Alice of 69 years; his daughters, MaryAlice Hartsfield and Angela Hebert; his son, Michael and his wife, Judy; his daughter-in-law, Diana Cole; his grandchildren, Clint Hartsfield, Kristi Bourque, Lori Runnels, Jonathan Cole, Candice Jenkins, Melissa Lambert, Katina Schrieber, Misty Fredeck, and Cody Hollis; he is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; and he is survived by his siblings, Ernie, James and David Cole, and Evelyn, Hosey and Betty Noble.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Clint Hartsfield, Jonathan Cole, Chad Bourque, Jason Runnels, Cody Hollis, Nate Jenkins, and James Lambert. Honorary pallbearer will be Owen Dailey.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Southeast Texas Hospice.