Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home

4525 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX


Joyce Gaye Cole

February 3, 1943January 23, 2020

Joyce Gaye Cole (Hoke) passed away on January 23, 2020 in Houston, Texas. She was born on February 3, 1943 to Thomas Rankin and Lorean Wright Hoke. Joyce grew up in Huntsville, Texas. She is survived by her husband Thomas Cole, daughter Amy Barile and granddaughter Stella. Joyce was proud to be a member and former “Commander in Chief” of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. (DVF), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church and teacher at Alief ISD and Woodville. She was an avid traveler (visiting 57 countries), passionate historian, dedicated letter writer, fantastic cook and so much more. Joyce was a true lady who was loved and admired by all who met her. She touched many lives with her kindness and generosity and she truly made the world a better and brighter place. Family and friends will gather at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas on Friday January 31, 2020 from 5:00PM till 8:00PM. Funeral services will be held at Bays Chapel Methodist Church, 24790 Bays Chapel Road, Richards, Texas Saturday February 1, 2020 at 10:30AM. Burial to follow in Bays Chapel Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, February 1, 2020


Joyce Gaye Cole

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holger wille

February 16, 2020

From Holger in Germany, Europe:
This Sunday morning (Feb. 16th 2020) by sheer accident I read one of my 50-years-old youth magazines I know so well and again found the feature story (2 pages, 4 photos) of a young lady Joyce Hoke working as a teacher and also on the Hoke farm in East Bernard, Texas, USA, with her grandfather. On impulse I googled her name and found she passed just days ago. This is a mild shock to me, somehow remembering her for half a century. Please accept my sincere condolences. I will try to send photos from the magazine by E-Mail.
Holger Wille

Kate Hale

February 1, 2020

Fly free, Joyce! I will always miss you. I have loved you for your letter writing in which you helped me improve my reading and writing. Without your letters, I may not be where I am now. Thank you for being you.



Susan Eastman

January 29, 2020

Dear Tom, Amy, Stella and family,
My heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Joyce was so witty and clever and I truly enjoyed our correspondences over the years. Poised and graceful, she was such a lady and I for one am a better person for having known her. God bless.

Susan Eastman and family