Michael T. Cole
BIG STONE GAP – Michael T. Cole, 46, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at the home of his brother in Farmville, Va., following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Pulaski and lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He was a 1979 graduate of Powell Valley High School. He was a former employee of Adam's Construction, W-L Construction and VDOT He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Essie Phillips Cole.
Surviving are two sons, Jared Johnson and Michael A. Cole, both of Big Stone Gap; his father, William B. "Bill" Cole and his wife Judy of Big Stone Gap; two brothers, Brad Cole and Greg Cole and his wife Roberta, all of Farmville; three sisters, Dayna Bolinsky and husband Matt of Gastonia, N.C., Tammy Kennedy and husband Mike of Webb City, Mo., and Jackie Fish and her husband Kevin of Indian Lake, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap. Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the church sanctuary, with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and Dr. M. C. Tolbert officiating. Committal services will be 12 noon Friday at the Farmer Family Cemetery in the Hiwassee community of Pulaski County.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the H.O.P.E. Center, 800 Oak St., Farmville, VA 23901. E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, is in charge of arrangements.
I had lost touch with Mike about three years ago over some petty disagreement. I was saddened to read this. We worked together at Adams and W&L. We shared many bottles and we caught a bunch of fish. Mike was a fine fisherman and a good friend. I regret we did not stay in touch.
This year has been hard on old friends. David, Dwayne, Steve(Big G), and now Mike. I am beginning to dread the morning newspaper.