Maxie James Cole was born June 20, 1935 in Waco, Georgia. He passed from this life on April 27, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Max began his life living in Georgia; however, when he was nearing his teenage years, his parents moved the family – from the East to the West – to the town of Big Spring, Texas. He would grow up and finish High School and begin his working career.
After High School, Maxie got married and had three beautiful children, Gary, Tammy and Mandy, whom he loved dearly.
In Max’s beginnings, he was a roofer and remodeler, and learned to be an exceptional finish carpenter. He later got a job in a grocery store, and would finish out his career in the grocery industry. Max retired in 1998 after working many years as Chief Grocery Manager at the Commissary, at Tinker Air Force Base.
In the late seventies, the Air Force Base, in Big Spring, closed and Max was transferred to Tinker Air Force Base, here in Oklahoma.
It was at the commissary where Max met the lovely young lady who would become the love of his life. Max and Sue dated for three years, and then were married. Their first adventure together was a honeymoon to Hawaii; and for the next thirty-five years they would experience many other adventures together. Max and Sue loved each other very much, and loved being together, and were together until the very end. When Max passed from this life, Sue was standing by his side.
Not only was Max an excellent carpenter and enjoyed working with his hands; he also enjoyed bowling, hot rods, classic cars, and mowing and landscaping his lawn.
Maxie was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Essie Cole; his son, Gary; sisters, Eloise Grizzard, Reba Parrish, Virginia Goodin; brothers, Woodrow, Tommy, Kile, Nile, and L.C.
Max leaves behind, his wife of the home, Sue; two daughters, Tammy Whitson (husband Brent) and Mandy Ever Bloom; one daughter-in-law, Angie Cole; one step-son, Reverend H. Gene Allen (wife Maria), and one step-daughter, Kim Patterson; 15 grandchildren and their spouses, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Maxie’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (KJV).