William Ray Cole

August 19, 1935April 21, 2012

William Ray Cole passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 21st, 2012, at the age of 76. He was born in Seagrove, NC and raised in Eagle Springs, NC. He had been a Hampton resident since 1962, and was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church.

When Ray was 23, he married Mary Caroline Hare. They lived their early married years in Texas as Ray served in the US Army, stationed at the Killeen Air Base. He served honorably, first as a Military Police Officer, and completed his time of service as a Company Armorer. He later spent a short time driving 18-wheel trucks. As he started a family, he went to work in the Newport News Shipyard where he spent most of his working days. Ray was our family patriarch and an avid outdoorsman and mechanic. In his prime he was often found fishing or hunting with his son, brothers-in-law, nephews, and other family members. In his later years he enjoyed many outings with his grandchildren to bluegrass music events.

He was a man of few words, high integrity, loyalty, and he selflessly served others. He was one of those people who had "never met a stranger," and he always saw the good in others. He was a wonderful father across generations of children. His great pleasure was in time spent with family.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary: a son Stanley Ray Cole and wife Lynn of Poquoson, VA: daughters Anita Woodington and husband Patrick of Hayes, VA; and Marsha Ingraldi and husband Tony of Yorktown, VA: grandchildren Erin Cole Cobb and husband Zac, Amy Cole; Morgan, Cole, Bryan, and Jamie Woodington; and Caroline, Colleen, Sam, Emily, and Caleb Ray Ingraldi: and great-grandchildren Ellie and Zayden Cobb. He is also survived by his siblings Louvene King, and husband G.B., Darrell Cole and wife Ruby, Sylvia Cole Jones, and Joyce Smiley and husband Joe. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the medical providers and their staff for their loving care and kindness to Ray and his family.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and word of condolence with the family.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 until 8 pm at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on Wednesday at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Following the burial ceremony, family and friends will gather at Central Baptist Church, 2739 Hampton Highway, Yorktown, VA for a reception. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, Yorktown, VA

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Paula Chambers

April 27, 2012

Dear Marsha and Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

April 27, 2012

Ray Cole reminded me so much of my father and that is one of the greatest compliments I can give anyone. He was a kind gentle loving caring man who greatly loved his family. I loved him and I will miss him. The service was beautiful. Stanley and Tony spoke so beautifully. What an awesome tribute .

Hoover & Ruth Hawkins

April 24, 2012

TO Mrs. Cole, Marsha, Tony and the entire family, it has been our wonderful pleassure to share Mr. Ray's beautiful spirit with you. The caring and gentle person he is will be the reason his memory will continue for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful person as your husband, father, father-in-law & grandfather with us. Everytime he drove into the neighborhood, it was a joy to talk with him. Family, please remember I Thessalonians 4:13-14 and know that our pryaers are with you all.

Richard Marshall

April 24, 2012

I worked with Ray in the 70's and the entire time I was in the yard, there never was a more helpful & understanding man.Our thoughts & prayers go to his family. He is with the Lord

Fred and Chris O'Dorisio

April 24, 2012

We are praying for your family. What a comfort to know he is with the Father, healed and rejoicing around the throne. Hugs to you all!

Dennis Miller

April 24, 2012

I have nothing but fond memories of Mr. Cole and the entire Cole family from my youth, having grown up in the same neighborhood. My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of this dear, sweet man. I know I speak for my family when I say that they are all in our thoughts and prayers.


April 24, 2012

I am sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I will be praying for the family over the next weeks.

brenda richardson

April 23, 2012

i am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing--i remember him from when he was young & i was young-er! he was such a sweet, kind person, just like his parents who knew that in order to be forgiven, we must first forgive. i have never forgotten his kindness to me.

JoAnn Craven McDonald

April 23, 2012

So very sad to learn of the passing of my old friend from my school days. We both went to West End High School. West End, North Carolina and didn't live far from each other. Sincere sympathy to Mary and all the family. Ray was a wonderful guy. May God be with you all.

Hiro Ohiraki

April 23, 2012

My sincere condolences on your loss,my prayers are with you and your family