John Ray Cole, 87, born and raised in Jacksonville, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 while at home with family.
John Ray’s Memorial and Celebration of Life will be 3:00 PM Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville, NC.
John Ray will be remembered as a hardworking man that came from simple country childhood. He loved the outdoors and spent most of his time tending to his property and his horses. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
John Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Godwin Cole; parents, Neil and Hazel Cole; two sons; and a brother.
John Ray is survived by 5 children, 15 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and a brother.