James Alfred Cole
May 14, 1940 - February 27, 2024

James Alfred Cole, of Jonesboro, Arkansas passed away on February 27, 2024 at Belle Meade Cottages, Paragould, Arkansas. He was born on May 14, 1940 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Marvin and Ethel Cole. James served his country in the United States Army and his community as a volunteer fire fighter. He loved camping, fishing, square dancing, and clogging. He retired from Olympus Construction after many years of employment. He was very active in the Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster and an Assistant Scoutmaster. Survivors include; his children: Gregory J. Cole (Stacy) of Chipley, Florida, Jason K. Cole (Lorie) of Tampa, Florida, Jake L. Hatley (Amanda) of Springdale, Arkansas, Lisa A. Hathcoat (Daniel) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Gena A. Cole (Craig) of Little Rock, Arkansas; one sister: Bonnie S. Turner (Danny); nine grandchildren: Brandon Cole (Sylvia), Britney Dalton (TJ), Amanda Clairday (Matt), Brandi Kidd (Robbie), Kara Cole, Kyra Schmidt (Jeremy), Christian Hatley, Kaleb Hatley, and Kavi Hatley; eight great-grandchildren: Emily Cole, Gabe Cole, J.T. Dalton, Carter Bowers, Cooper Clairday, Emma Clairday, Brayden Kidd, and Paisley Kidd; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by; his wife: Linda Cole; and his parents: Marvin and Ethel Cole. Pallbearers: Brandon Cole, TJ Dalton, Matt Clairday, Robbie Kidd, Justin Turner, and Terry Jones. Honorary Pallbearers: Danny Turner, Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department, Boy Scout Troop #1, Jonesboro Promenaders, and Crowley Ridge Cloggers. A special thank you to Kristen Quinn and Camille Richie with Dierksen Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Woods Chapel General Baptist Church with Leroy Coker officiating. Interment will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service. The family will receive visitors on Friday at the church from 12:00 p.m. until service time.

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March 1, 2024
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Woods Chapel General Baptist Church
175 Hwy 230 E
Brookland, AR 72417

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Funeral Service

March 1, 2024
02:00 PM

Woods Chapel General Baptist Church
175 Hwy 230 E
Brookland, AR 72417

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Graveside Service

January 3, 2024

Philadelphia Cemetery
620 W Philadelphia Road
jonesboro, AR 72401

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  1. Jonna, Jonesboro says

    I worked with James for several years. I loved that man. So very sorry for his family.

  2. Ann Garner Little, Jonesboro says

    My heart aches for all the children. James was such a good man and definitely loved his wife and family. May he rest in peace.

  3. Rick and Pat Kirby, Jonesboro says

    Sorry to hear about James. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  4. Greenhead Fire Department, Chipley Florida says

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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