March 26, 1937 ~ January 22, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden , NC

Gene Arnold Cole, 85, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 after a short battle with liver cancer.

Mr. Cole was born in Buncombe County to the late William and Eva Miller Cole. He was also preceded in death by his significant other Pat Williams; a daughter, Terry Cole Grant; two sisters, Ruth Calabrese and Betty Sorrells and a brother, Joe Cole.

Gene was a former Truck Driver with Biltmore Dairy. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Elks Lodge in Hendersonville.

He is survived by his two children, Eric Cole (Naomi) and Tammy Cole McKenzie (Dwayne); four brothers, Herb Cole (Jean), Dale Cole (Jesse), Mack Cole and David Cole; three sisters, Monica Smith, Gloria Kennedy (Chuck) and Obera Currin; four grandchildren, Cole McKenzie, Kyle McKenzie, Gabriel Cole and Grayson Cole and five great grandchildren, Donovan McKenzie, Reece McKenzie, Kylee McKenzie, Zeek McKenzie and Evee McKenzie.

No services are planned.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. We’ll always love you. Thank you for amazing memories in the mountains and Florida. You’ll be with Mac Pack forever.

    Kyle, Jessica, Reece, Kylee, Zeek, abs Evee.

  2. To The Cole Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. It is so Haring to lose a brother or sister. Prayers for each of you.

  3. Tammy and Eric,
    I just learned about your dad passing away. I also just found out about Terry passing away. It’s very sad to learn about it all. All of you were very good to me.

  4. God Rest Your Soul Uncle Gene. May You Rest in Peace. A hard worker and a good man. Enjoyed many meals, family reunions, and road trips with you. You did a lot for me. You will be missed.

    Nephew Larry

  5. So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. A cousin and friend that I grew up with. Went to school together and family reunions. RIP Gene. Aline Ingram


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