Hollis Dewayne Cole, 70 of Antlers, went to be with his Lord on September 9, 2021 in Muskogee, OK. A great man no longer walks the earth today.
Hollis Dewayne Cole had a simple life that most people wouldn't understand. Born in Antlers to Hollis RC "Boots" Cole and Darrell Dean Echols Wright December 11, 1950, Hollis saw many decades pass by. He spent his childhood here in southeastern Oklahoma learning to appreciate the beauty in nature while providing for his family through hunting and fishing. He had useful knowledge since they had to cook, clean, and basically "do" for themselves. As the oldest of 10 children, Hollis was the first to graduate high school, something he attributed to the late Stanley Rains for encouraging him so much.
After graduation, Hollis enlisted into the Army during the Vietnam War. While the conflict was winding down, Hollis was sent to Germany to be a paratrooper. It was in the military that he learned discipline, hard work and the ability to eat in five minutes or less---something he practiced to the day he died.
Once his military service was over, he returned to his hometown, Antlers, the only place he ever wanted to live. He worked for Juggy Pate in his autobody shop for years and then eventually worked for Terry Mills until he decided one day, he might need a change. He found the change at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and worked the maintenance crew for nearly 20 years, retiring finally at 66. He decided he did not like retirement and started working for Pushmataha County Commissioners District 1.
During his time here, he touched many lives. He could talk to anyone anywhere and if you knew Hollis...it would take him a "Hollis moment" to stop (in other words--prepare to spend about 3-4 hours talking to him). He was "on call" for anyone who needed help whether it was to change a tire, dig a hole, load up some equipment, or spend many, many hours on his family's service projects. Hollis had a mile-long chore list that he was eventually going to get done. He could tinker with an old car, lawnmower or a piece of equipment for days and weeks instead of just buying a new one.
There is so much to say about a man who touched so many lives. He put his family first no matter what. He was the best son, brother, husband, father and Paw-Paw there was. He would do anything for any of his "babies." He was a quiet man, not prone to temper. (He said that it was due to his medication since he raised so many kids.) He was a strong man, never putting off work on someone else that he couldn't do himself. At 70, he was still working a full time job and working around the house. He could outwork anyone younger than him any day of the week.
But Hollis was adventurous. There was nothing he wouldn't try to eat once. He loved roller coasters and spent many family vacations at theme parks where he wanted to be on the front row. He did not mind leaving Pushmataha County but he was always glad when he came back.
So today, a great man no longer walks the earth. He is whole again, not touched by cancer, where he can be with family members who departed this life before him.
Goodbye, Hollis, you were so loved and will be missed.
Hollis is preceded in death by his father: RC Cole; and sister: Nora Cole.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory: His wife, Tammie Webb Cole of the home; mother: Darrell Wright of Antlers, OK; children: Elizabeth Frazier of Antlers, OK, Hollis Junior Cole of Antlers, OK, Gary Cole of Arkansas, Thomas Cole of Arkansas, Bekka Standridge of Antlers, OK, Tanner Cole of Antlers, OK, Kaden Cole of Tulsa, OK, Kolten Cole of Tulsa, OK, Megan Cole of OKC, OK, Kara Cole of Antlers, OK, Kasey Cole of Antlers, OK, and Andrew Cole of OKC, OK; brothers: Clay Cole of Daisy, OK, Arty Cole of Stringtown, OK, Rickey Wright of Antlers, OK, and Mickel Wright of McAlester, OK; sisters: Brenda Cole of Antlers, OK, Rose Stendeman of Atoka, OK, Kit Cole of Atoka, OK, and Beckie Williams of Tushka, OK; grandchildren: Amber, Anna, Benjamin, Penelope, Dalton, Hunter, Keagan, Brianna, Blake, Bryce, Brynlee, Ariel, Lynkon, Greyson, and James; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and tons of family friends.
Family Night will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 6-7PM at Serenity Fuenral Service. Funeral services for Hollis will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10AM at the Fresh Beginnings Church in Antlers with George Pigg officiating. Interment will follow at Hall Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Terry Mills, Lee Cole, Owen Standridge, Donnell Frazier, Steve Webb, and Chris Leathers. Honorary pallbearers include: Clay Cole, Arty Cole, Rickey Wright, Mickel Wright, and John Hefner.
Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Service of Antlers, OK.
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