Funeral services for Robert Randall Cole, age 87, of Brownwood will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2008, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Justice and Dallas Huston officiating. Interment will follow in the Zephyr Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 until 6 p.m.

Robert passed from this life on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at his home with his family by his side.

Robert to some, and Randall to others, was born on Nov. 11, 1920 in Zephyr, Texas, to Robert B. and Bessie L. Cole. He was a graduate of Zephyr High School and attended one year at Daniel Baker College before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in July 1941. He served with the 832nd Bomb Squadron until his plane was shot down over Germany. He served as a P.O.W. for six months until he was rescued by General Patton’s forces. Shortly before being released from the service, he married the love of his life Erma Lee Keeney on July 14, 1945. He then went to work for Exxon-Mobil in McCamey, Texas. Later he was transferred to Big Lake, Texas, until 1965 when he was transferred again to Deer Park, Texas, where he resided until his retirement in 1985. Upon retirement, he and Erma Lee moved to Thrifty near Brownwood. He then became a “rancher,” raising cattle, goats, hay, and grain plus a garden. Robert was an avid Brownwood Lions and Howard Payne Yellow Jackets fan earning him the first Brownwood Lions Booster Club Lion Heart Award for outstanding support of all Brownwood Athletics 2001-2002. Over his years of life he served as a Boy Scout Master, served over 50 years with the Masonic Lodge including membership with the Brownwood Masonic Lodge No. 279, was also a member of the Heart of Texas Shriners, but most dear to him was serving as a deacon at Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Erma Lee; son, Robert Carlton Cole and wife Michele of Deer Park; daughter, Randa Lee Atha and husband Reggie of Brownwood; two grandchildren, Robert Leon Cole of Deer Park, and Teah Michelle Cole of Splendora, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Robert Christian Cole and Haley Denae Cole, also of Deer Park; four brothers, Charles Cole of Brownwood, David Cole of Hamilton, Ned Cole of Port Arthur, and Ted Cole of Austin; two sisters, Mamie Lee Whittington of Odessa and Minnie B. Cutbirth of Brownwood; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was greatly loved by family, friends, and the community and will be missed immensely. He fought a long three year battle with cancer and a special thank you goes out to his friend and physician, Dr. Amy Tindol.

Memorials may be sent to Rocky Creek Baptist Church Men’s Ministries or to the historical preservation of the Zephyr Cemetery, 500 FM 2126, Early TX 76802.

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