Furman Edwin Cole

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Furman Edwin Cole, 90, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 at Memorial Campus Mission Hospital. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late George Furman Cole and Beulah Shook Cole, and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Annette Cole. Mr. Cole was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and attended all of the high school reunions. He retired after 42 years from Graybar Electric as counter manager. He joined the Haw Creek Lions Club in 1973, where he served as former president and deputy district governor and was a recipient of national honors. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ada Barker Cole; his son, George Edwin Cole; daughter Ellen Annette Cole; and a sister, Ann Cole Keast of Carson City, Nevada. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Groce United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gerald Davis and the Rev. Andrea McCumber officiating. Members of Haw Creek Lions Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will greet friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Rd. is assisting the family.

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  1. Ed was always so good and helpful to me when I was a rookie starting out at Graybar. I enjoyed is dry humor and the great times at the counter. He had a wonderful wife and family. Praying God will comfort you and bless you. I love you.

  2. Dear Ada, George and Ellen,
    How sad we were to hear of Ed’s passing. We have so many fond memories of Ed (and all of you!), Ed was such a gentle, fun loving man! After 40 years of living across the street from you we feel like family. We will miss him! Thinking and praying for you all. We love you!

  3. What a gracious human being, so kind and considerate! We went to Groce Methodist with Ed and Ada for years and he(they)were consistently the nicest and ‘Christ like’? members you could ever imagine! So sorry to hear of his passing and Gail and I will keep Ada & Family in our prayers!

  4. Ellen, George, and Family – So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your faith.
    With love, Perri Morrison

  5. Just heard about Ed. I have known the two of you all my life. Always good memories and loved you both. You were both so special to mother and daddy. Richard and Frank said hello. Our best to you Ada with much Love, Pudden & George and Richard and Frank

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