Sid Cole, age 69, of Brownwood, passed away Wednesday July 2, 2008, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the Heartland Funeral Home chapel in Early with the Reverend Pat McClatchy and Dr. Rick Davis officiating. His body will be cremated under the direction of heartland Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Sid was born in Brown County on Aug. 26, 1938, the son of the late Jessie and Yetive Martin Cole. He attended school in Brownwood and graduated from Brownwood High School in 1956. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, and then earned his Bachelorís degree from Howard Payne University in 1960. He married Sandra Parker on Dec. 24, 1960, in Brownwood, and through this union one son and two daughters were born. Sid served his country in the National Guard and was honorably discharged.

He was involved in ranching with his family and was part owner with his mother and brother of Cole Ranch Co. in Menard, McCulloch and Brown counties for 40 years. He and his brother also developed Brookhollow Estates and Canyon Creek, and built custom homes in Brown, Coleman, and Mills counties. He was part owner of General Plumbing Co, and also drove for Arrow Coach Lines. He was a Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church in Brownwood where he attended Dr. Smithís Sunday school class, He was also a member of the Home Builders Association. He had been a resident of Brownwood all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Cole of Brownwood; one son, Tom Cole and wife Ashleigh of Carlton, Texas; two daughters, Cathy Littlejohn and husband Jamie of Gustine, Texas, and Carrie Lanier and husband Kyle of Mansfield, Texas; six grandchildren, Aly Cole, Shelby Wright, Trenton Littlejohn, Skyler Vasquez, Savannah Vasquez, and Sydni Lanier; two nephews, Sam and Matt Cole; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Beck.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Tom Cole and Yetive Martin Cole; and one brother, Jim Cole.

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