Ola Faye Cole (Sign Guestbook)

Ola Faye Cole, 77, passed away on the morning of September 3, 2019 at Beverly Park Place in Knoxville, Tenn., in the company of her husband of 57 years, Allen L. Cole.

In addition to her husband, Ola is survived by her children Sonja (spouse Bob) and John (spouse Craig), her grandchildren Spencer and Emilee (spouse Scott), her siblings Lillian, Marie, Mildred, Cathy, J.D. and Jim, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Nora, father John, sisters Frances and Melba, and brothers Bill, Wallace and Deward.

The family will receive friends at their residence, 6326 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN, on Sunday, September 8 from 2-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee at www.alztennessee.org.

Ola was born in Corryton, Tenn., on August 11, 1942, landing squarely in the middle of a family of 12 brothers and sisters. As neither the oldest or youngest in the family, Ola developed the qualities that she would carry into adulthood and made her adored by all.

Ola was an independent, free-spirited prankster who never turned down an adventure, a jokester who always sought the fun in life, and an infinitely generous soul. Ola was deeply passionate and celebrated life for all its joys both great and small. She thrived in hosting parties to mark those occasions. Of course, she was the life of every party.

On December 14, 1961, at the age of 19, Ola married her husband, Allen. Their marriage, which produced two children and two grandchildren, was filled with unyielding love and abundant happiness.

Ola was employed by the Knox County Parks & Recreation department for 34 years, serving the Knoxville community in many capacities over that span, including as the Special Events Coordinator. One of her many crowning achievements in that role was serving as the event director for the golf tournament for the Senior Games.

When she retired from her post on August 30, 2007, that day was proclaimed as “Ola Faye Cole Day” by Knox County Mayor Michael Ragsdale.

Ola was renowned locally for her skills as a baker and was christened by many as the Cupcake Queen. Those skills were honed while providing cupcakes for every participant in the senior golf tournaments as well as thousands of youth softball players who passed through the ballfield that was built in their backyard. That field was available for local teams to use free of charge for over a decade, sparking a love of softball in the hearts of hundreds of Knoxville youth players.

A special thank you is due to JoAnn Luttrell, Marie Wolfenbarger, Vicky Larmer and Melba Cole for their constant support and love during these difficult days.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Cole family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

4 guestbook entries for “Ola Faye Cole”:

  1. Mike Ragsdale says:

    It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with Ola in Knox County government. She was professional, energetic, creative and unfailingly thoughtful. My sincere condolences go out to her family. She had a life very well lived and was an inspiration to many others.

    Mike Ragsdale

  2. Gail Cameron says:

    Sorry for your lost. Praying for the family. Marie always talk about her sister and the love they had for each other.

  3. Wanda Abbott says:

    I still can’t believe I’ve lost my good friend Ola. We got acquainted when I started working at Parks & Recreation and we became friends. I helped with some of her projects and I was amazed to see how organized she was, making her own food for the events, and I can’t even describe how well she could carve a watermelon into baskets. She had tireless energy. After her retirement, she lived to travel with LeRoy, and often headed to Harrahs, she stayed in good shape by walking every day and her smile was contagious. She loved her children & grandchildren and was always telling me news about Emilee & Spencer. LeRoy and family, my prayers go out to all of you. LeRoy, you were the love of her life, you were so good to her, and yes, she bragged about the steaks you’d cook for her. I won’t be able to attend her funeral due to being on vacation but part of my heart will be with you all. May she find rest at last.

  4. nancyrush. says:

    Ola was always a kind person, I am 66 and I can remember her when she was working at the Corryton ballfield during summer.she was a beautiful lady inside and out.

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