Harold  Cole


Harold Finley Cole, 87, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 at his home in Somerset, Kentucky.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Kaye Patterson Cole; his sons, Hal (Vickie) and Randy (Cara) Cole; two grandchildren, David and Caitlyn Cole; his sister, Genell Cole Hall; and brother Don (Charlotte) Cole.
He is preceded in death by his brother Led Cole.
Harold was born on December 4, 1931 to William and Susan Cole of Heidrick, Kentucky. Upon graduation from Knox Central High School, Harold went to Michigan to work for a year. Afterwards, he returned home to attend and play basketball at Union College. He was an accomplished player, achieving all- conference for three years. He was also inducted into the Union College Hall of Fame.
After graduation from Union, Harold was drafted into the United States Army as a member of the Medical Corp. He was stationed in Alaska during this time. He came to appreciate and love the Alaska wilderness which offered plenty of opportunities to hunt and fish during his off-duty time.
Harold returned to Heidrick, Kentucky after the service and took a teaching and coaching position at Knox Central High School. He again found something he loved and excelled in doing. He coached his basketball team to the State Tournament for the first time in the school's history. He went on to teach and coach at Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky where he coached his team to the state tournament on four occasions of his tenure there. Harold went to work in state government in 1972 and continued this work until his retirement from Oakwood in Somerset, Kentucky in 1988.
Harold truly enjoyed retirement as it gave him lots of time to pursue golfing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
The funeral service will be held at Beacon Hill Baptist church, where he was a member, on Thursday April 11, 2019 from 9am-11am. Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 10, 2019 5pm-9pm at Southern Oaks Funeral Home.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements of Harold F. Cole.
Published on April 8, 2019
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5 posts

Foister Farmer
Apr 09, 2019
A good coach and a good man
Doug Logan
Apr 09, 2019
Harold Cole is my hero. He coached me for the four years I was at Knox Central. 1959 through 1963. He was so much more than a basketball coach. He was a teacher, role model, friend, and leader. I still remember things he taught me about life that had nothing to do with basketball. He genuinely cared about his players while never compromising his true character. I still love him like a father figure and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for making me feel special. Rest in peace Coach Cole. Respectfully, Doug Logan
Jackie Hinkle Creekmore
Apr 08, 2019
Kaye my sympathy to you and your family for your loss of Harold.
Don and Judy Calitri
Apr 08, 2019
Our prayers are with a great teacher, coach and a friend to all. He was a great inspiration to us, all who worked with him while at Union College in his days at Knox Central . It was an honor and joy to be his friend. We send our condolences to his family.
Dana Patterson-Centers
Apr 08, 2019
My heart hurts for all of you,, Uncle Harold was always so interesting to talk to,, Prayers for the days ahead