Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2013

Leonard Alvin Cole


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Leonard Alvin Cole are Thursday, April 4, in the Tahlequah City Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Gene Sturgeon. Arrangements have been placed under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com

Leonard Alvin Cole was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Tahlequah, to Pearl Mae (Garner) Cole and Andy Cole. He passed away on March 31, 2013, in Muskogee, at the age of 90.

During his early years, Leonard attended school in Hulbert. He then moved to California, settling in Merced, where he worked on his uncles farm. In 1943 he returned to Oklahoma and married Lela Nottingham in Tahlequah. Leonard and Lela would move back to California, where he worked in the shipyards as a welder. Following the war he went to work welding diesel trucks in the city of Fresno. This would be where he and Lela would raise their family. In 1976 Leonard and Lela returned to Oklahoma to be near their parents.

Leonard has been preceded in death by his parents, Rothel Cole, Doris Thompson, Jane McFarland and Ora Bea Tanner.

He is survived by his wife, Lela of the home; four children, Patsy Ann Gillaspie and Duane of Tahlequah, Marshall Alan Cole and Susan of Morgan Hill, Calif., Howard Wayne Cole and Christine of Clovis, Calif., and Paul Andrew Cole, also of California; five grandchildren, Barbara Hamby and Shannon of Welling, Carol Eastham and Bobby of Tahlequah, Mellissa Cole of Clovis, Calif., Jimmy Cole and Jimifer of Placerville, Calif., and Jimmy Cole and Ellie also of Placerville, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren (one not here yet), one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Sherman Cole, Clarence Cole and Norman Cole; as well as many other family members, friends and loved ones.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.