OBITUARY

Cleo Lionel Cole

November 13, 1927October 27, 2020
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Cleo Lionel Cole, 92 years of age, was born November 13, 1927 in Ravensford, NC. He was the son of the late William C. Cole and Leona Jenkins Cole. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Damon Cole; brothers, William C. Cole, Jr., Billy Cole and Alex Cole; and sisters, Wilma Cole Dancy and Doralee Cole Harvey. He is survived by his daughters, Della and Tonya Cole; son, Steve Cole and wife, Trina; and his "nother daughter" Rene Atkinson; brothers, Lonnie Cole and wife, Ginger, Jerome Cole, Donald Cole and wife, Jennifer; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Damon Bellay. His grandchildren and great- grandchildren, include Jacob Rakes, Catilin Chisholm and husband, John and their daughter, Lyla, Shannon Rakes and Xavier Cole. Cleo served his country proudly in the US Army as a medic in the Pacific Arena on hospital ship USS Mercy. He was recalled to duty and stationed at Valley Forge Military Hospital. Cleo was a long time resident of Tank Branch Road in Glen Morgan, where for many years he was known as the "chicken" or "tomato" man because he raised chickens for Purina and sold tomatoes to restaurants and drive-ins in the Beckley area. He had many jobs over the course of his life but his favorite was an inspector for Alpha Associates where he worked until he was 82 years of age. At his request, please no flowers. Cleo had an exceptionally rewarding relationship with the staff and patrons of the Raleigh County Commission on Aging where he loved to have lunch, laugh, dance and exercise. Please make any donations of sympathy to the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 South Kanawha Street, Beckley WV 25801. Telephone number 304-255-1397. Services to celebrate the life of Cleo will be held 2:00PM Monday, November 2, 2020 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Jack Tanner officiating. Family will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard. Following the services Cleo will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family from 1:00PM until time of the service Monday at the funeral home. In keeping with the mandate ordered by the Governor of WV, facial coverings and social distancing is required. For more information please visit www.blueridgefuneralhome.com Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is honored to be serving the Cole family.

Services

  • Gathering of family and friends

    Monday, November 2, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday, November 2, 2020

  • Catered Reception

    Monday, November 2, 2020

Memories

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Tonya Cole

October 30, 2020

Cleo's Life Lessons

Take care of number 1. You can't expect to takes care of others unless you take care of yourself first.

I don't care if you dig ditches for a living.....just dig the best ditch you can.

Never talk down to a child. Make them your equal and you give them self worth.

Always be honest with people.

If there is anything in life to be careless with it is hugs, kisses, and love.

You have to earn trust to ever be truly trusted.

Family is the most important thing you will ever have in life.

Listen to people when they speak. You will learn much.

In all situations, hold on to your sense of humor.

Respect your elders, for one day you will be one.

Take care of business.

You always have something to learn, no matter your age. Go out and learn something new every day.

Take care of mother nature so she will take care of you.

Smile and look people in the eye when you speak to them.

A firm handshake tells the other people you are serious and a confident person.

Praise others when they have done well. If you do they will want to do well again.

The best things in life do not come in little packages, they come in no packages at all.

Always show your manners, it reflects where you came from.

Take care of your things, and the people in your life, or you will not have them.

When children are curious and have a million questions, give them an answer to each one. This fills their mind with knowledge and teaches patience.

The best thing you can improve in life is not your car, your home or your job, it is yourself.


Judy Lester adkins

October 29, 2020

Della your Dad was always a loving, kind man who made the kids of Tank Branch feel safe when around him. He was caring and had a sense of fun. I think he taught a lot of us just by his example how to do the right thing. I love you and hope you will remember the good and happy times you had with your Dad.

Pete Ward

October 29, 2020

My Uncle Cleo was a kind and gentle soul loved by everyone who knew him. Relocating for work and the daily pressures of raising a family has left me years of not seeing him. But I can remember as a child Uncle Cleo telling me how best to cook a carp (fish) by tying it to a wooden plank, seasoning it up, grilling it over a fire, and then throwing the fish away and eating the board! He had a great sense of humor and was just plain fun to be around. He will be missed.

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