Bonnie Beatrice Pierce Cole went to be with the Lord Monday, March 12, 2012 at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.
She was born December 11, 1924 in Johnson City to James Henry and Martha Ellen Hughes Pierce. Her life’s work included careers in nursing and retail sales. She retired in 1985.
Mrs. Cole’s loves were her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and the church. She became a member of the Church of Christ at an early age and attended the Greeneville Church of Christ. In the early 1970’s she helped to establish the Limestone Congregation of the Church and attended faithfully as long as her health permitted.
Her favorite past times were singing, music, reading, long rides in the country, conversing with visitors on the front porch and holiday gatherings. Easter was a special time each year. Mrs. Cole loved to hand fashion beautiful Easter baskets, sometimes as many as forty, for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other children. Mrs. Cole volunteered many hours to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and worked tirelessly to support that organization as long as her health allowed.
She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Beverley Cole Carter of Chuckey and Sharron and Joseph Emmette of Afton; three sons and a special daughter-in-law, Randall C. Cole, Gregory L. Cole, Gary T. and Regina Cole all of Chuckey; one special granddaughter whom she helped raise, Amy Cole of Chuckey; 12 other grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one niece, Carol Ann Crumley Fish of Gray; two special cousins, Shirley Street Ford of Oak Ridge and JoAnne Street Knight of Chuckey; several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Cole’s family stated her influence over the years can be exalted by Proverbs 31:28 “… her children arise up and called her blessed.”
She is preceded in in death by her husband, Lawrence Cole; two sisters, Velva Pierce Crumley and Louise Pierce Grindstaff; one beloved niece whom she helped raise, Sue Grindstaff Beard; one son-in-law, Wilson Kay Carter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday, March 15 in the chapel of Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. Gordon Ricketts and Terry Taylor will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5-7 pm Thursday preceding the service at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. Committal services will be held at 11 am Friday, March 16 in Mountain Home VA Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Mike Carter, Patrick Cole, Bodie Emmette, Alan Cobble, Logan Penley, Paul Penley, Gary Cole, Randall Cole, Jordan Carter, Greg Cole, Hunter Cobble and Cameron Hamm.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mel Rosele, Aaron Franklin, Dr. Brad Strange, Joe Kidwell, Joseph Emmette, Jack Beard, Jonathan Beard, William Knight, Jonathan Starnes and Ricky Bear.