James Monroe “Jim” Cole, D. March 12, 2012
James Monroe “Jim” Cole, age 89, a former resident of Boone, died Monday morning, March 12, 2012 at LifeCareCenterin Banner Elk. Born April 2, 1922 in Leflore County, Mississippi, he was a son of Richard Monroe and Ruby Knott Cole. Jim was a member of Deerfield United Methodist Church, where he served for more than 20 years as choir director. Mr. Cole was a retired professor for Appalachian State University’s Department of Education. Mr. Cole served in the 40th District of the North Carolina State House of Representatives. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army Air Corp during WWII.
Surviving are four sons, Richard ‘Dick’ Cole and wife Sharon of Gastonia, James Kevin ‘Jimmy’ Cole of Watauga Lake, TN., Michael Christopher Cole and wife Deborah, of High Point, and Thomas Sidney “Sid” Cole and wife Elizabeth, of Roxboro; and three daughters, Susan Heyward Cole of Hampstead, Jennifer Anne Cole of Boone, and Kathryn ‘Kelly’ Cole-Cornett of Boone. Ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Cole, and one sister, May Clark.
Memorial services for James Monroe ‘Jim’ Cole will be conducted Wednesday evening, March 14, 2012, at 6 o’clock at the Deerfield United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Evelyn Lemons. The family will receive friends following services at the church. Burial with military graveside honors will be at a later date in the National Cemetery in Salisbury.
Arnold C. Presnell, D. June 16, 2012
Mr. Arnold Coolidge Presnell, age 87, of Bryant Combs Road, Sugar Grove, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, June 16, 2012 after a battle against mesothelioma. Born August 9, 1924 in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Roby and Ida Tester Presnell. Mr. Presnell was a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church which he attended most of his life. He was retired from ASU. Arnold was a US Army Veteran having served during WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Presnell of 64 years, of the home, two daughters, Wanda Combs and husband Terry, Kathy Oakes and husband Rick, both of Sugar Grove; two grandsons, Laramie Combs and wife Angela, and Dallas Oakes and wife Jessie; all of Sugar Grove, a special great granddaughter Natalie Combs – “The Apple of his eye.” He is also survived by one brother, James Ottie Presnell of High Point; two brother-in-laws, Hillard Ward and wife Linda of Sugar Grove, Jimmy Ballew of Winston-Salem, a sister-in-law Carolyn McGuire of Boone, and many nieces and
nephews. He is survived by many life-long and faithful friends.
Arnold lived a quiet life of faith and found much contentment and enjoyment in his family and friends. He loved his church family also. He and Marie loved gardening and produced a bountiful garden each year. He enjoyed watching the Braves on TV. He was privileged to be a part of the group of WWII veterans that left from Boone last year to be a part of the Honor Flight to Washington, DC to see the WWII memorials. This was a highlight of his life.