Edwards Funeral Home


Dorothy Ann (Cole) Hinkle

15 agosto , 192610 octubre , 2020

Dorothy Ann (Cole) Hinkle, 94 of Fort Smith passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 in her home. She was a retired housekeeper for private residents here in the city, as well as a wonderful homemaker. She was a member of the Saint James Missionary Baptist Church of Fort Smith for 75 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Hinkle, Sr., her parents Oscar and Voyle Cole; three sisters: Barbara Logan, Wanda Ailene Williams and Jewel Hooks; six brothers: Omar Lee Cole, Billy Joe Cole, Marvin Ray Cole, George Thomas Cole, Nathaniel Cole and Harold Cole, one son; Reverend Gary L. Hinkle, Sr.

She is survived by five daughters; Connie Alexander (Joseph) of Gallatin, TN, Alice Shell (Leon-Deceased), Wanda Lee (Gregory), Phyllis Williams (Brady) all of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Lesia Edmondson (Isaiah) of Sherwood, Arkansas, two sons; Chester L. Hinkle, Jr. (Shirley-deceased) and Michael T. Hinkle (Lisa) both of Fort Smith, Arkansas, two sisters; Mildred McKinney (Eulus-deceased) of Fort Smith and Sylvia Thomas (Nathaniel) of Lawton, Oklahoma, two brothers; Russell Cole of Fort Smith and Oscar Cole, Jr. of Lawton, Oklahoma and one daughter-in-law, Virginia Hinkle (Gary-deceased) of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as 19 Grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00 am at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Viewing will be 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020, and the family will be present from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to greet guests at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.


  • Chester L. Hinkle, Sr, Husband (deceased)
  • Oscar Cole, Father (deceased)
  • Voyle Cole, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Logan, Sister (deceased)
  • Wanda Ailene Williams, Sister (deceased)
  • Jewel Hooks, Sister (deceased)
  • Omar Lee Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • Billy Joe Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • Marvin Ray Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • George Thomas Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • Nathaniel Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • Harold Cole, Brother (deceased)
  • Reverend Gary L. Hinkle, Sr., Son (deceased)
  • Connie Alexander, Daughter
  • Joseph Alexander, Son-in-law
  • Alice Shell, Daughter
  • Leon Shell, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Wanda Lee, Daughter
  • Gregory Lee, Son-in-law
  • Phyllis Williams, Daughter
  • Brady Williams, Son-in-law
  • Lesia Edmondson, Daughter
  • Isaiah Edmondson, Son-in-law
  • Chester L. Hinkle, Jr., Son
  • Shirley Hinkle, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Michael T. Hinkle, Son
  • Lisa Hinkle, Daughter-in-law
  • Mildred McKinney, Sister
  • Eulus McKinney, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Sylvia Thomas, Sister
  • Nathaniel Thomas, Brother-in-law
  • Russell Cole, Brother
  • Oscar Cole, Brother
  • Virginia Hinkle, Daughter-in-law
  • Mrs. Hinkle is also survived by 19 Grandchildren, 33 Great Grandchildren & six great, great Grandchildren.


  • Viewing

    jueves, 22 octubre , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    viernes, 23 octubre , 2020


Dorothy Ann (Cole) Hinkle


eloise watlington

23 octubre , 2020

Rest in peace my "ANGEL", you were always the greatest mother to me, even though you did not give birth to me. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, and I am truly going to miss you. A part of me died on October 10th when you passed away!

Kandice Davidson

23 octubre , 2020

I will always remember my Aunt Dorothy as a matriarch of the Cole family. She lived a wonderful life and was loved by many. She will truly be missed!

Carol Reeves

22 octubre , 2020

I knew Miss Dorothy's sister, Barbara, a little better but I had the privilege of meeting Miss Dorothy a few years ago. I could tell then that she was a treasure and I am sure she was a force that the devil sure wouldn't mess with! She seemed like a wonderful lady and while I am sorry for your loss here on earth, I know she is dancing in heaven! Praying for strength and comfort for all of you.
Carol Reeves

Karen (Bray)Johnson

22 octubre , 2020

We grew up on the south side, we all knew each other’s families, it was a village I would describe it, you will be missed, but always remembered. I remember Mrs. Hinkle as one of the ushers at Church on the south side, may the Hinkle family find strength during this time, from the most high, friends and family.

Karen (Kay) & Jeff

Vivian Cole

22 octubre , 2020

I'm going to truly miss my beloved sister-n-law, our talks and you being an inspiration for me on many days. Until we meet again.


18 octubre , 2020

My condolences to the family. Mrs. Hinkle was always a pleasure to be around. Prayers for strength and comfort.

Mitzi Cole

18 octubre , 2020

I remember my Aunt Dorothy as a very loving and caring woman was always smiling never met a stranger. Proud to call her my Aunt. To my family condolences and prayers for us all missed but never forgotten rest in heaven Auntie with your parents, brothers, sisters, husband and son. Love you forever.

Delores Williams-Tisdale

18 octubre , 2020

I will never forget momma and me coming over to visit you and watching you two sisters laughing and chatting like a couple of teenage girls. Well now you two can sit as long as you want and chat. You will be incredibly missed because you were so incredibly loved. May God wrap his arms around the family at this time. Rest In Peace sweet Aunty rest in peace.

Janet Whitfield

18 octubre , 2020

Condolences to the family. Mrs Hinkle was a true woman of God abd waa lived by so many. I remember when my children were very young and i found myself walking by her home on many occasions. She would always invite us in and offered a cold drink and some dessert she had made. I always felt welcome. Her memory will live on in all of hearts. Look to God who is our constant help and friend to all who call on upon him. Minister Janet Whitfield

Carl Jo4dan Jr

16 octubre , 2020

Mother Dorothy Hinkle will be missed immeasurably. She has been like a Mother to me for longer than I can remember. She referred to me and my brothers as "My Boys", a designation we proudly wear.
Deepest Condolence to the entire Hinkle and Cole family. May God give you peace and understanding.
The Jordan Boys, Amos, Ivan and Carl Jr.



On October 10, 2020 Heaven opened its gates to receive His most humble servant, Sister Dorothy Ann (Cole) Hinkle.

Sister Dorothy A. (Cole) Hinkle was born August 15, 1926 in Huntington, Arkansas to Oscar and Voyle Cole. She was the second oldest of 14 siblings.

In her early years she came to know Christ in the Methodist church in Huntington, Arkansas and later joined Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Methodist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 1946, she married Chester Lee Hinkle Sr. and of this union came eight children. She joined her husband as a member at Saint James Missionary Baptist in Fort Smith where she served in multiple capacities of the church. She served as a Deaconess, Mission president, secretary of General Mission, a circle leader for the Rebekah Davis Circle, Youth Usher president, a member of the C.R.C. (Church Reminders Club), and Usher Board president. She ushered for over 60 years at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, participating also as an usher for the Antioch District, faithfully standing at her post meeting and greeting all who
entered into worship until her health began to decline.

She received her education in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Denver, Colorado. She worked as a housekeeper in private homes for many years until her retirement. The families cherished her work but made her part of their hearts, wherein she gained a God-sent daughter. A Servant of God was her truest calling. Working always dutifully with God first, showing love and encouragement to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Hinkle, Sr.; her parents, Oscar and Voyle Cole; her son, Revered Gary L. Hinkle, Sr.; three sisters, Wanda Aileen Williams, Barbara Jean Logan, and Aloyce Jewel Hooks; six brothers, Omar Lee Cole, Billy Joe Cole, Marvin Ray Cole, George Thomas Cole, Nathaniel Cole, and Harold Cole.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her children; Connie M. Alexander (Joseph) of Galletin, Tennessee, Chester L. Hinkle, Jr. (*Shirley), Alice F. Shell (*Leon), Wanda Lee (Gregory), Phyllis A. Williams (Brady), Micheal T. Hinkle (Lisa), all of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Lesia M. Edmondson (Isaiah) of Sherwood, Arkansas; a daughter-in-law, Virginia Hinkle (*Gary) of Fort Smith; God-sent daughter, Heather Longfellow of Rockwall, Texas. Two sisters, Mildred McKinney (*Eulus) of Fort Smith and Sylvia Thomas (Nathaniel) of Lawton, Oklahoma. Two brothers, Russell Cole (*Sandra) of Fort Smith and Oscar Cole, Jr.
of Lawton, Oklahoma. A sister-in-law, Vivian Cole (*Harold) of North Carolina. As well as 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

*denotes deceased