Sharon Collins Cole

March 7, 1947January 21, 2014
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Sharon Collins Cole, 66 of Amarillo died on January 21, 2014

Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday January 25, 2014 at Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Pioneer Chapel with Pastor Bob Miller & Tom Cole officiating

Family will receive friends Friday January 24, 2014 at Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00

Sharon was born March 7, 1947 in Camp Seale, Texas to John D. and Ernestine Collins. Sharon was raised in Lake Charles Louisiana. She met the love of her life, Tom at Glorieta Baptist Assembly in Glorieta, New Mexico. They were married August 3, 1968 at Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Sharon graduated from La Grange High School in 1964, McNeese State College in 1968 with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education (M.R.) and received her Master’s in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She retired in 2006 with 32 years of experience as an educator helping others. Sharon worked as a teacher and library specialist at numerous schools in Texas and Louisiana including Vinton and Hathaway, Louisiana and Blooming Grove, Groesbeck, Colorado City and Dalhart, Texas. Upon retiring she and Tom volunteered at Glorieta Conference Center, Dry Creek Baptist Camp, Pineywoods Camp and Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. She loved reading, cooking for others and volunteering. Sharon was known as “Grammy” to her family. Her children and grandchildren were her joy. Sharon was a member of Crossroads Country Church in Amarillo and a follower of Jesus Christ. The family would like to thank Hospice Care Of The Southwest for the love and care they gave to our Mama and family. Sharon requested that you wear bright colors to her service.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Earnest Collins and a granddaughter, Marcy Priest.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Thomas E. “Tom” Cole of Amarillo; sons, Thomas A. Cole and partner Joseph Frazier of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Mike Cole and wife Amanda of Abilene, TX; daughters, Laura Holcombe and husband Coy of Eustace, Texas, Beki Denison of Colorado City, TX and Melissa Priest and husband Alex of Amarillo; brothers, Roger Collins and wife Connie of DeRidder, Louisiana and John D. Collins and wife Katie of Anniston, Alabama; grandkids, Grace Holcombe, JoGail Holcombe, Mark Denison, Matt Porter, JT Partin, Ben Woolley and John Woolley; and also by her mother-in-law, Mrs. O.W. “Chee Chee” Cole of Ragley, Louisiana.

The family suggest memorials be sent to Crossroads Country Church, Building Fund P.O. Box 50608, Amarillo, Texas 79159; McNeese Baptist Student Ministry Building Fund P.O. Box 9335. Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609 or to Hospice Care of the Southwest, Volunteer Services, 6600 Killgore Dr. Suite 110 Amarillo, Texas 79106.

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  • Family Visitation Friday, January 24, 2014
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Laurie Holcombe

March 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mama! I miss you!!!

Laurie Holcombe

March 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mama! I miss you!


February 28, 2014

I miss you Momma.

Sharon Thetford

February 1, 2014

How far the ripples spread when you teach others. Memories sustain us until we meet again. Prayers for comfort to you and your family, Tom.

Robert Reagan

January 30, 2014

Laurie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Diana Martinez

January 28, 2014

I cannot express my sympathy for Mr. Cole and family. Being Mr. Cole's Admin. Asst. for 7 years brought me close to not only him but his family. He always had a story to tell about his "child bride", children, and grandkids. The love between Mr. Cole and Sharon was an inspiration to all! Something that many hope and pray for. Although your hearts ache, I know she left her family with so much love and many wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!

Jeanell Collins

January 27, 2014

Tom, & Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will miss her but try to remember all the wonderful times you have had with her. I know she was a great mother, wife and I loved her as my cousin. I always enjoyed her visits at the reunions.. May God Bless and keep you in the days ahead.
Love & Prayers,
Jeanell Collins

Chere Naquin

January 25, 2014

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle Tommy, and your family during this difficult time. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
Love you,
Jeremy, Sydney, and Cherie Naquin

Ramona Lewis

January 24, 2014

Tom, only Jesus has an arm long enough to reach the depth of your pain right now so I place you in his loving care. We feel so grateful that you and Sharon were a part of our life experience at Glorieta.

Terry Buck

January 24, 2014

Tom, I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know that She will be remembered, because of who she was and who you were together. Please accept my condolences. You will be in my thoughts.