Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park
1221 53Rd Ave East, Bradenton, FL
November 6, 1962 – May 29, 2019
The End of a Journey but the Beginning of Eternity!
On a beautiful, sunny Wednesday afternoon, May 29, 2019, Ivan “Duane” Cole, 57, of Parrish, Florida met Jesus with open arms at the end of the track of his life. He died from injuries sustained from a dirt bike accident in Punta Gorda, his favorite pastime and sport he dearly loved.
Duane was born on November 6, 1962 in Avon Park, Florida to Dwight and Linda Cole, formerly of Zolfo Springs, Florida. Moved to Orlando at the age of 5 with his Mother and two brothers, Darryl and Jody. After high school he married the “girl next door” and high school sweetheart, Tianna “Tina” Madamba.
Duane is survived by his wife, Tianna “Tina” Madamba Cole, beloved wife and soulmate of 31 years; son, Pvt. Levi Cole, United States Army, Ft. Carson, Colorado; Tiara Cole of Winter Park, Florida; Taylor Cole of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Mother, Linda Cole Hendry of Parrish, Florida; brother, Jody Lee Cole of Parrish, Florida; two grandchildren, Laila Grace Woodall and Ny’kee Randall Cole; Father-in-Law, Antonio Madamba and Brother-in-Law Antonio Madamba Jr. of Orlando, Florida; and uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Dwight Cole; brother, Darryl Dwight Cole; Grandparents Albert and Rena Lanier; and Clarence and Annie Mae Cole and step-father, Bruce “Buddy” Hendry.
Duane received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville, Florida. Following college he served as Youth Minister at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Later moved to Bradenton, Florida where he pastored Mill Creek Baptist Church for nine years. He and wife Tina served in multiple non-profit organizations over the years, including prison and addiction recovery ministries. Duane received his real estate license and worked for Signature Realty, Lesley Wells Realty, Trade Winds Custom Homes, and was currently employed by Cabinets-To-Go in sales and design in Sarasota.
A man after God’s own heart, Duane was a man of faith and with a passion to tell others about Jesus and His salvation. He enjoyed life, and adored his wife and family, and many friends. He was always there to brighten the lives of others, always with a BIG smile. He never met a stranger and there was nothing he liked better than an interesting conversation with friends or anyone. He loved his dirt bike, hunting, camping and snow skiing, music... Christian gospel, rhythm and blues, and a dance to go with every note!
Duane Cole...a husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, to all who knew him, he will be missed but not forgotten.
Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton is in charge of interment.
Service will be held at:
Church of the Cross. ✝️ 5051 26th St. W Bradenton, FL 34207
Date: Saturday June 8th
Viewing: 10am (Opened for friends & family)
Interment immediately following at:
New Hope Baptist Cemetery 1999 State Road 64 E Wauchula, FL 33873
The Cole family would like to thank everyone for all the love, prayers and support that has been sent. ❤️🙏🏽
- Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019
June 11, 2019
Tina and family, we were very sorry to hear about Duane’s passing and send you love and prayers. God bless.
June 7, 2019
Dear Linda and Family,
It was such a shock to hear of the sudden loss of your dear Son and Father. Even though I met Duane only a few times and I found him to be such a special person. He was joyful, pleasant and so easy to talk to. He made you feel like he knew you for a long time. He had such a kind manner and a great simile--such a sincere man. I can't even imagine the pain you all must feel with in his loss. May your faith provide a sure hope and peace in the days ahead. Sending sympathy, love and prayers to you and your Family and may God bless and comfort you all at this difficult time.
June 6, 2019
Duane was truly a friend to all! He was always there to mentor and listen. We shared many conversations about life, Jesus, his beautiful bride Tina. He was so proud of his son Levi and his grand kids were complete joy! He always made me laugh and listened patently as I told him my troubles. He always made you feel important. Any one who knew him, knew he had a wicked sense of humor. If there was laughter going on I knew he was the one making someone laugh. He made long hard days bearable. The world has lost a good man. I am sad. Through my faith I know we will meet again. I know he would want everyone to smile. I am proud to call him my friend. Till we meet again, I will do what you would want, smile through my tears.
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