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Roy H. Cole

Born: Sat., Nov. 23, 1957
Died: Tue., Dec. 6, 2011

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Roy Henry Cole, age 54 of Pittsboro died Tuesday at home with his family at his side after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born Nov 23, 1957 in San Jose Costa Rica to missionary parents: Samuel Eugene Cole and Ethel Modena (Reynolds) Cole.

Roy met the love of his life Roberta Lynn Snyder at Camp Kulaqua in FL where they both worked as counselors and life guards.  Roy's father Elder Cole married them in Cocoa FL June 22, 1980.  Their only child, Roy Benjamin Cole was born in Chattanooga TN June 3 1982.

Roy attended Ozark Adventist Academy in AR for high school and then he attended Southern Missionary College in Collegedale TN, receiving his BS in Arts. He worked as a Layout and Design/ Graphic Artist for Classic Chevy Club in Orlando, FL.

Roy graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 1997 and was hired by IBM in Research Triangle Park in Jan 1998.  He worked for IBM 13 years until his passing this Dec.  He loved his job and the people he worked with.  He continued to work for 3 years after his diagnosis of cancer. Soon after moving to Pittsboro in 1998 he joined the Pittsboro Seventh-day Adventist church where he served in many capacities including head elder, youth director and Sabbath school teacher.

He was preceded in death by: his father Samuel Eugene Cole in May 1997 and his brother-in-law Wayne Hartzog May 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Roberta Lynn Cole and their son Roy Benjamin Cole both of Pittsboro, NC; his mother-in-law Betty Snyder of Pittsboro; his mother Ethel Cole-Parobek and step-father John Parobek of Lodi, CA; his sister Anne and husband Harvey Borton of Lodi, CA; his brother Samuel and wife Gayle Cole of Portland, OR; his sister-in-laws Carol and husband Ed Draper of Opelika, AL; Sue Hartzog of Newport TN; Debbie and husband Kevin Lilly of Coram NY and multiple nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Roy's Life will be 5:00 PM Saturday at Pittsboro Seventh-day Adventist Church 637 West Street, Pittsboro.

The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

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Roger Tise
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Bert, Ben, Betty and family of Roy - It has been a long and tough journey these past several months for you but please do count us among those friends that love you dearly and that also feel a deep loss upon Roy's death.

Roy was a one-of-a-kind fellow that anyone that encountered him for any amount of time, whether for a few moments, many years or a lifetime, latched onto their hearts and affection.

This world, and indeed my own life, has been richly blessed from having known your Roy.

We will be there for you on Saturday evening to remember, laugh, love, and maybe even share a tear, as we appropriately honor the memory of your precious Roy.

May the peace of the Lord's beautiful Spirit be a comfort to you as you now await that grand and glorious resurrection day when Roy will be called froth from his sleep and rest. It is for but a season, and then Jesus comes back for His own. I believe with every fiber of my being that Roy will indeed hear the voice of the Savoir calling him to a new, and eternal, life. Let us all, each and every one, resolve to "...be ready for Jesus to come...".

In Christian Love,
Roger & Irene Tise

Roger Tise
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Bert, Ben, Betty and family of Roy - It has been a long and tough journey these past several months for you but please do count us among those friends that love you dearly and that also feel a deep loss upon Roy's death.

Roy was a one-of-a-kind fellow that anyone that encountered him for any amount of time, whether for a few moments, many years or a lifetime, latched onto their hearts and affection.

This world, and indeed my own life, has been richly blessed from having known your Roy.

We will be there for you on Saturday evening to remember, laugh, love, and maybe even share a tear, as we appropriately honor the memory of your precious Roy.

May the peace of the Lord's beautiful Spirit be a comfort to you as you now await that grand and glorious resurrection day when Roy will be called froth from his sleep and rest. It is for but a season, and then Jesus comes back for His own. I believe with every fiber of my being that Roy will indeed hear the voice of the Savoir calling him to a new, and eternal, life. Let us all, each and every one, resolve to "...be ready for Jesus to come...".

In Christian Love,
Roger & Irene Tise

Wanda Goodwyn
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Bert, my deepest condolences are extended to you and your family during this time. When your soul is at peace knowing you have done what was right and good in GOD's eyes-peace is yours. GOD BLESS YOU and Your FAMILY!

Wanda Goodwyn
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Wanda Goodwyn lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Wanda Goodwyn
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Wanda Goodwyn lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Wanda Goodwyn
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Wanda Goodwyn lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Wanda Goodwyn
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Wanda Goodwyn lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Kerry Nunnaley
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Roy was such a fine example of what a Christian should be. He seemed to love everyone, didn't judge anyone, and when faced with confrontation he took it in stride. Roy was an excellent teacher and could preach a great sermon, but to me his best sermon was the life he lived--the way he treated others. I remember once seeing someone speak unkindly to him and thinking it was completely uncalled for. Honestly, it made me mad. He had done nothing to deserve this treatment. When I commented about it to him later, he very kindly and quietly let me know that we need not speak unkindly about that person. What an example!

I was always amazed at his attitude throughout his battle with cancer. Never a hint of negativity or "why me?" His faith was amazing. He and Bert have always been a blessing to Robert and I. Their love for each other and for their Saviour has been such an inspiration. And of course, the RV trip to California amazed all of us!

I learned a lot from Roy and pray that I will someday have the wonderful, Christ-like characteristics that he humbly displayed. My family and I will miss him greatly and hope to meet up with him again someday.

Bert, Ben, Betty, and Family, you are in our prayers. We love you and are here for you. Please don't hesitate to call on us.

Robert, Kerry, and Lilly Nunnaley


Jeff Conken
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Roy was the most Christ-like man that I've ever known. I considered him a mentor, a brother in Christ, and most of all...a friend. He taught me a lot and I'm a better man for having known him. He will be greatly missed...but never forgotten. Thankfully we have the promise of a new tomorrow when friendships can be renewed on the streets of gold. May God continue to bless Bert, Ben, Betty, and the rest of Roy's family. You are all in our prayers.

Jeff, Joy, and Ethan Conken

Jeff
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Roy was the most Christ-like man that I've ever known. I considered him a mentor, a brother in Christ, and most of all...a friend. He taught me a lot and I'm a better man for having known him. He will be greatly missed...but never forgotten. Thankfully we have the promise of a new tomorrow when friendships can be renewed on the streets of gold. May God continue to bless Bert, Ben, Betty, and the rest of Roy's family. You are all in our prayers.

Jeff, Joy, and Ethan Conken

Carolee Eubanks
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Roy has been such an inspiration to me. I've never known him to complain because of his illness, and his upbeat attitude and unfailing faith in God was amazing in light of what he was facing. I don't believe I've ever met a more loving couple than Bert and Roy. It's so comforting to know that this isn't the "end" but that Roy will be united with his family when Jesus returns. He was a real asset to our church and community and will be greatly missed.

Elaine G. Stacy
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
I never had the opportunity to meet Roy. However it was my privelage to meet Bert and Betty in Hawaii. Bert and I were working together at Trippler Army Medical Center. I know what Bert represents and together they are a witness that we could all learn a lesson. I have been praying for this family for over three years and will continue. Aloha

Patrice Baker
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
Patrice Baker lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Eric Stegner
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
Roy was an inspiration to us all and will be truly missed. So full of life, always optimistic positive outlook on things, even in the toughest of times and someone who .


Storage Device Engineering Team
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
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Eric Stegner
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
Roy was an inspiration to us all and will be truly missed. So full of life, always optimistic even in the toughest of times and someone who never looked back. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Sara Donaldson
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
Thinking and praying for all of you.

Sara Donaldson

Ed McDavitt
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
I knew Roy as a colleague at IBM. He and I shared a sort of quirky, off alignment kind of humor. He had a good laugh, I enjoyed joking with him, trying to make him laugh. After his cancer diagnosis, he could still laugh. We all found what an exceptional individual he truly was over his last three years. I'm going to miss him.

Ed McDavitt

Fred Douville
   Posted Sat December 10, 2011
My first memories of Roy go back to when we first met at the Cocoa Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Florida back in 1992. Our families were involved with the Church youth groups of Pathfinders and Adventurers. I will never forget his continual unflappable level headed calmness in no matter what happened. Roy was always an inspiration to me in the sense that his calmness, humor and dedication to whatever was at hand reminded me of Jesus's dedication to us. As others have written here as well, Roy was indeed a walking sermon, a sermon that I believe was heard by many people. I too will miss Roy, but look forward to meeting him again in Heaven.
Bert, Please know that you and Ben are in our prayers. Remember: Isaiah 43:1-2

Fred and Julie

Karen Redling
   Posted Sat December 10, 2011
Karen Redling lit a candle for Roy H. Cole

Darlene Harris
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
I followed your storey Bert for quite some time.
You and Roy have been an inspiration for so many on Inspire. Roy is at true peace now aand he will never want for anything..ever.
God bless you and be with you,
Darlene.

C Denham
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
What a beautiful life and love story you shared. You and Ben are in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy from Inspire.

Jensen
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. You and Roy were an inspiration for all of us on Inspire. You and Ben will be in my prayers. Jensen from Inspire

Julie JB
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
Dear Bert and Ben,
You have been in my prayers for so long, as was Roy. And now we can rest in the peace of the Lord that Roy in with our Father in Heaven.
Thank you for sharing this very personal journey with me and others at Inspire. We love you and pray for you as you recover from the sadness of losing your beloved Roy. Until the day we celebrate the blessing of Eternity together, I pray for peace for you two.
Julie JB from Inspire

Sandi Woodard
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
I followed your story for quite a while on Inspire. Such a beautiful love story. My heart and prayers go out to the family in this time of loss. May God comfort you.
Sandi from Inspire (Sandi721)

Cyn (dolcinia) from Inspire
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
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Andria from Inspire.com
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
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Stanifa Elliott
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
Dear Bert and Ben,
I have followied you journey through Inspire and it was so much like mine and unfortunately for us it ended the same way. But their spirits will go on forever and will be with us till we meet them again. I wish you both peace and happiness and comfort for the rest of your life on he on earth. God Bless you both....I will keep in touch Bert. Never goodbye just ....see ou later
Stanifa and the Elliott girls

Robert Albertson
   Posted Mon December 12, 2011
Dear Roberta and Ben,

My apologies for not making it Roy's memorial service. I had the pleasure of working with Roy for almost the entire time he has been with IBM, briefly in his department, and later as one of his suppliers. Roy is a kind, easy-going kind of man that I enjoyed working with. I admired his courage as he fought cancer especially as he never let it get him down. Roy was always cheerful and bright with no trace of of pessimism.

Roy is an extraordinary man and he will be missed. He is one of the people I look forward to meeting again in the great reunion that is to come.

All my love and condolences,
Robert Albertson

Roberta Cole
   Posted Sat April 21, 2012
Thank you everybody for sharing your thoughts and insights about Roy with us, his family. It warms our hearts to know

Roberta Cole
   Posted Sat April 21, 2012
Thank you everybody for sharing

Roberta Cole
   Posted Sat April 21, 2012
Thank you to everybody who wrote these sweet messages. It has warmed our hearts to hear what others thought of our precious Roy. It has been 4 months since he passed and we miss him terribly. We hold dear all the wonderful memories that we made together. He truly was Christ- like and an inspiration. I felt so blessed to have met him at 18 and to have shared 35 years with him. We always laughed about the thought of growing old together, but as the saying goes, "The good die young". I long for the resurrection morning so that I can be reunited with my soul mate.
All my love forever Roy... Bert