Jack Darrow Cole 1st, 76, entered into rest on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Manteca. He was born on July 22, 1935 in Houston Texas to the late Asa Franklin and Lola Mae Cole. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as two siblings; Barbara Ann Cole and Rufus Pierce.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife of 51 beautiful years, Paula Ann. His adored children are; Paul Alexander Cole, Barbara Ann and husband Derwin Blackmon and Jack Darrow Cole 2nd and wife Pam. He was blessed by nine grandchildren; Coleen Raelani and husband Bryan Fitzpatrick, Valerie Nicole Marin, Jazmin Sommer Blackmon, Justus Darrow Cole, Christopher Niedert, Crystal Niedert, Paul Cole, Kyle Cole and Andrew Cole. His great grandchildren are; Katelynn Fitzpatrick, Morgan Fitzpatrick, Ethan and Justin. In addition Jack has two surviving siblings; Asa Cole and Sambo Cole.
Jack was a proud United States Veteran serving his country proudly through the Army and Air Force. He was an educated man, soft spoken, and a man of few words. He brought his children up to be respectful towards others and work hard in order to accomplish anything they desired. Jack shared a true testimony of love with wife Paula, the two were inseparable. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye, they nicked named him “honey” after hearing their grandmother sweetly call him that way. Jack was tall and had striking blue eyes. He was an avid NASCAR fan along with son Jack. He will be remembered for giving unconditional love, for guiding his family through all adversity and for having a true heart of gold. He will be loved and missed forever.
Arrangements for Mr. Cole are under the direction of P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. Visitation will be Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. Both held at P.L. Fry and Son. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. For condolences to the family please visit our website at www.plfryandson.com. (Search obituaries)