Mr. James Edward Cole passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the age of 94, just four months after his beloved wife of 73 years, Erselle Elliott Cole. He was born in Halifax County on Feb. 7, 1926 to the late Stonewall Jackson Cole and the late Betty Griffin Cole.

James was a wonderful carpenter who worked with Burton Construction for many years. After retiring, he enjoyed gardening. His family attended Black Walnut Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughters, Bonnie Lowery (Dean) and Patricia Myers (David); son Dwayne Cole; grandchildren, Dana King (David), Bryant Lowery (Tracy), Dustin Lowery (Beth), Brad Myers (April), Lori Ashwell (Dave) and Brent Myers (Kassie); and 13 great grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by brothers, Robert Cole (Frances), Junior Cole (Linda) and Scott Cole (Dawn); as well as sisters, Nannie Sue Chappell and Mae Ferrell.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a son, James “Jimmie” Edward Cole Jr.; and sisters, Hazel Peak, Lorene Wade and Barbara Ann Cole.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Black Walnut Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Wooten will officiate the service. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Black Walnut Baptist Church, Sentara Halifax Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592, or the Halifax Co. Cancer Association, PO Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.