Elmer Herbert Cole

July 11, 2019

Elmer Herbert Cole, long-time resident of Frankfort, passed away peacefully July 11, 2019, at Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette.  He was 86.  Born September 25, 1932 in Bone Cave, Tennessee to Walter and Minnie Cole; he was one of ten children, 3 boys and 7 girls.  After spending most of his early years there, he moved north where he eventually settled in the Frankfort area.  After being employed for 35 years, he retired from National Homes.  He later worked for Zachary Confections in Frankfort and retired from there as well.  He continued working in landscaping, home repairs and maintenance.

In 1953, he married Betty Rogers of Rose Hill, Virginia, on February 21 in Catoosa County, Georgia.  They would have two children, a daughter Judy Ann and a son Kenneth Wayne.  Elmer was an exceptional husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He had countless friends and acquaintances in Frankfort and throughout Clinton County.  Truth be told, he probably rarely met a stranger.  Living life to the fullest, Elmer focused on staying busy, being positive and encouraging those around him.  He intentionally spent his time taking care of his family, his home and automobiles, doing jobs for neighbors, and visiting with coffee buddies.  In their 66 years of marriage, he and Betty were always together, enjoying life, loving family and delighting in friends.   He will be greatly missed by many.

Visitation and Services

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 East Clinton Street, Frankfort.  Friends may visit 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Reverend Doren Sultemeier and Pastor Phillip Jordan will officiate.  Burial follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort. 

Survived by:

Surviving are his wife, Betty, daughter Judy (Dale) Watson and son Ken Cole (Cindi Swope), both of Frankfort, sister, Betty Jean Sprague of Delphi; granddaughters Lisa Ann (Doren) Sultemeier and Amanda Kay (Jon) Hodgen , grandson Matthew Ryan Cole, great-grandchildren Cole, Lallie and Barrett Sultemeier, Natalie and Mason Hodgen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Andy and Howard Cole, sisters: Harmon Luther, Lorene Watkins, Charlene Russell, Lorell Roberts, Mary Jo Etter, and Delma Bryant. 


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5 Condolences for “Elmer Herbert Cole”

  1. Tracey Townsend July 12, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Amanda Hodgen:

    Thinking of you and your family at this time. My condolences for your loss.

  2. Lisa hudspeth (Bales) July 13, 2019 at 7:35 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He always wore a smile when I worked with him at Zachary’s.

  3. Janet Schimmel Barker and Janie Snodgrass July 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    We lived next door to Elmer and Betty. He mowed the lawn every week for us and kept the snow cleared in the winter. We loved visiting any chance we could, even after moving away. He will be missed and was one of the nicest people we ever met. Our love goes to Betty and the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

  4. George Anichini July 15, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Betty and Family
    I worked with Elmer for many years at the candy company and I can say that he was one of the finest people I’ve ever been associated with. A all around great guy who i know will be sorely missed. I still have a picture of him and I hanging in my office. My condolences to all of you.
    George Anichini

  5. Bob Richards Family July 15, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Judy and Dale, sorry for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you.

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