MT. PLEASANT, Ala. -- Oliver Lee Cole, 77, former resident of Defiance, Ohio, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at The Legacy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center located in Mt. Pleasant, Alabama, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on July 7, 1936, to William Riley Cole and Lottie Mae Miller Cole in a humble cabin in Hackleburg, Alabama. At the age of 15 he traveled north to Ohio in search of a better life. He settled in Defiance, Ohio, initially living with relatives. While working at a downtown Defiance movie theater he met and married the love of his life, Elsie Hoge Cole, who preceded him in death. He worked for many years as a machinist at the Defiance Screw Machine Products, formerly known as Serrick's, but retired early due to mental health issues that plagued him for the rest of his life. He then worked various construction jobs as he traveled back and forth from Ohio to Alabama. Until his illness he was generally a quiet, peaceful man who worked hard to provide for his family. He was generous and helped anyone who needed assistance.
Although mental illness cost him his job and his joy in life, it did not cost him his family. His Ohio and Alabama family members and friends were always there to help him, even when he didn't know he needed help. He enjoyed spending time with his siblings, children and grandchildren, and is fondly remembered for his unique, practical Christmas gifts.
He is survived by his children, Loretta (Ed) Hornback, Karen (Kurt) Rohrs and Rickey (Doreen) Cole; sisters, Evelyn Williams, Lillian Peters, and Pearlene Colburn; brother, Roy Cole; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Riley and Lottie Mae Cole; brother, Garth Cole; and sister, Lorene (Polly) Hughes.
Visitation and funeral services took place on May 30-31, 2014, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in a family plot at the Single Springs Cemetery in Hamilton, Alabama.
Oliver's family requests that memorials be forwarded to The Single Springs Cemetery Fund which helps maintain this small rural public cemetery. Donations may be sent to The Single Springs Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 987, Hamilton, Alabama 35570.