James Malcolm Cole, Jr.
Macon, GA – James Malcolm Cole, Jr., husband of 51 years to Ruth Pannell Cole, entered into rest Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Pine Point Hospice in Macon, GA.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 25, 2014, at 11:00 AM from Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Rd, Augusta, GA, with Dr. Benny Tate officiating.
Private interment will be held at Mill Creek Baptist Church in Gibson, GA.
Malcolm, a native of Gibson, GA, lived many years in Augusta, before moving to Forsyth to be near his family. He was a member of the Forsyth United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and his love of the outdoors was only equaled by his passion for the game of baseball. He was a member of the New York Giants baseball organization before being called to active service in the United States Army. He retired from International Paper in 1999 after 37 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Malcolm Cole, Sr, and Mamie Kitchens Cole; and by his brother, Louie Cole.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, James “Jim” Malcolm Cole III and his wife, Gaylyn, and his grandchildren, Caroline Pannell Cole and Robert Lawson Cole, all of Forsyth; his sister Arlene (Jack) Mitchell, of San Antonio, TX; and his brothers, Hoyt (Dotsie) Cole, and Scotty (Jesse) Cole, both of Gibson, GA.
Pallbearers will be Mike Crawford, Tommy Williams, Garrett Fulcher, Ken Williams, J.C. Walden, Gary Anderson, Jimmy Adams, and Rick Wright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lawson and Paul Josey.
The family would like to express their appreciation to his dedicated caregivers, Angela Shannon, Shayla Furlow, Lue Barkley, Sherri Alford, and Wendy Calloway. They would also like to offer special thanks to all of the staff at Pine Point Hospice of Central Georgia.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Malcolm Cole Endowed Baseball Scholarship at Mercer University. Please make the gift payable to Mercer University and note the scholarship name in the memo portion of the check. Mail to: Mercer University, Advancement Office, 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 5:30 until 7:30 PM at the home of Jim and Gaylyn Cole, 189 West Johnston St, Forsyth, GA. The family will also receive friends Friday, July 25, from 10:00 AM until the hour of service at the church.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Rd, Augusta, GA 30906.