|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1921|
|Death: ||May 1, 2004|
Mobile Register (AL) - May 3, 2004
Deceased Name: Allagene Ruth Cole and Ellis Edward "Bill" Cole: Long-married couple both die within 2 hours
Long-married couple both die within 2 hours Natural causes claim 'soulmates,' husband and wife for 57 years By MAX SMITH Staff Reporter An elderly Gautier, Miss., couple, married for 57 years, died within two hours of each other this weekend, family members said.
Allagene Ruth Cole, 82, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday and her husband Ellis Edward "Bill" Cole, 81, died at 11:50 a.m. at a D'Iberville, Miss., personal care home.
"They were soulmates; they lived for each other," said daughter Barbara Cooper. "It's like he was waiting for her to go first."
Cooper said both parents died of natural causes. They died in separate bedrooms across the hall from each other. They had lived on their own until just three months ago, Cooper said.
A caretaker said she heard the two talking Wednesday and saw Bill Cole crying when his wife, whom everyone called Gene, left. Both began running a fever Thursday and went into a deep sleep Friday afternoon from which neither stirred.
"We don't know what was said in that room Wednesday, but we think he may have told her, 'We're both sick, it's time to go,'" Cooper said.
The couple's death came just hours before the wedding of one of their granddaughters in Ocean Springs, Cooper said. The wedding had been planned for a year.
"They died in time to let us get ready and go to the wedding, because you have to go on," Cooper said.
The wedding went on and it was "very emotional," she said. "But we all just knew that they would want us to be at the wedding, and we kind of felt like they were there with us in their own way."
Because of the wedding, several family members, including a brother who lives in the Houston area, were already in town.
Bill Cole served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War before retiring after 25 years of service. He went on to work in civil service for the U.S. Navy in Pascagoula.
Gene was a homemaker, Cooper said.
Bill's military background stuck with him in that he was always organized, his daughter said. "He always had his ducks in a row, and we're thinking maybe even to the point of his death," Cooper said. "He planned how they would go together."
Gene Cole was a native of Leakesville, Miss., and Bill Cole was a native of Demopolis.
Survivors of both include a son, William E. Cole of Humble, Texas; two daughters, Deborah Craft of Citronelle and Barbara Cooper of Ocean Springs, Miss.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Gene Cole is also survived by three brothers, Malcolm Dueitt, Donald Dueitt, both of Citronelle and Doyle Dueitt of Lafayette, La.; and three sisters, Florence Clague, Bessie Mae Southall and Margaret Ann Ward, all of Mobile.
Bill Cole is survived by a sister, Juanita McFarland of Satsuma.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral at Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle. Burial will be in Pine Crest Cemetery in Citronelle.
Ellis Edward Cole (1922 - 2004)
Pine Crest Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 17, 2009
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