BENTON – A private family celebration of Nathaniel “Nat” Ray Cole was held at Hill Crest Memorial Park on Saturday, February 7, 2015 with Bro. Matt Lewis officiating.
Nat was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel Johnette and Cascille Darnell Cole and sister, Linda Cole Courtney.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jacquelyn Griffin Cole; daughters, Cindy Cochran (Greg) of Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Christy Sinclair (Ted) of Monroe, LA; sons, Dean Cole of Shreveport, LA, Stan Cole (Karen) of Benton, LA; “Pop” to twelve grandchildren, Sarah, Christopher, Aaron (Kali), Alex (Samantha), Casey, Brandy (Drew), Courtney (Jeff), Andrew, Reece, Chance, Abi, Calli and five great-grandchildren; brother, A.B. Cole (Bette); brother-in-law, Jerry Courtney; uncle, Printice Darnell.
Nat attended schools in Bossier, Homer, and graduated from Natchez (MS) High School. He attended Southwest Mississippi Jr. College on a football scholarship as well as Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, graduating with a B. A. in Economics. He recently attended the 50th reunion of the Presbyterian Blue Hose football team appearance in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl, now the Capital One Bowl. He is the founder and President of Interstate Foundation Co., Inc. Nat was a member of First Baptist Church of Bossier City. Throughout his life, he has helped lead efforts to further youth athletics, YMCA, Dixie Baseball, Bossier Instructional Baseball League, AAU track, Optimist Breakfast Club, and Benton Lion’s Club. Nat was passionate about family, athletics, and helping others.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center www.mdanderson.org or LA Lions Eye Foundation www.lioneyes.org/donate. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staffs at Willis-Knighton Bossier and Promise Hospital ICU.