Coach Ned Cole of Port Arthur passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2018 in Brenham. He was 89 years old.

Coach Cole was born Ned Cole to Bessie Lee Gist Cole and Robert Bishop Cole in Zephyr. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree and from McNeese State University with a master’s degree in Education. Coach Cole retired from PAISD in 1989. He was proud of the many athletes and students whose lives he touched while coaching at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School. He also was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant.

Coach Cole is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Johnson Cole, formerly of Port Arthur, now living in Brenham; his son, Dr. Steven Cole of Kemah and granddaughter, Chandler Cole of Baybrook; daughter, Joanna Cole Mayle and husband, Robert Mayle of Schertz; granddaughter, Ashley Mayle Stenoien and husband, Dr. Gregory Stenoien of Temple; granddaughter, Lindsay Mayle and grandson Matthew Mayle of Schertz; daughter, Lisa Cole of Houston; daughter, Dr. Janet Cole Baker of Brenham; granddaughter, Dr. Kristen Baker Bates and husband Clinton Bates of Spring; great-grandsons, Wyatt Cole Bates and Dylan Craig Bates, also of Spring; granddaughter, Dr. Catherine Baker Kristynik and husband Stanley Kristynik of Conroe; and daughter, Kristy Cole Jorgensen and husband Jeff Jorgensen of Orange.

Our beloved Dad is very missed and we would like to request donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse in his memory and honor in lieu of flowers.