Billy Ray Cole

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Billy Ray Cole, 90, of Greencastle, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 at Asbury Towers.

Billy was born in Turkey Creek, La., on Feb. 18, 1930, the son of Otis Sr. and Nettie (Miley) Cole.

Mr. Cole proudly served his county in the United States Army during the Korean War era.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Shriners and Masonic Lodge. Billy worked for 32 years in machine repair for IBM until his retirement. He also owned Bill Cole Inc. Excavating for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Asbury of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Wanda Sue Thompson of Greencastle; five grandchildren, Jason Asbury (David) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jeremy Asbury (Jessica) of Louisville, Colo., Judy Anderson (Flint) of Coatesville, Tabitha Wells (Kurt) of Greencastle and Tiffany Thompson of Greencastle; three great-grandchildren, Elijah Gibson, Keegan Wells and Kaiden Wells; two step-great-grandchildren, Lane Anderson and Brittni Young; two brothers, Joe Cole and Otis Cole Jr. (Tanna); a brother-in-law, Wesley Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty Joan (Sutherlin) Cole; a sister, Betty Jean Johnson; a brother, Bobby Cole; and a sister-in-law, Teniney Cole.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fillmore Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

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