|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1944|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1983|
Gatesville Messenger & Star Forum”, Thursday, July 21,1983
Services for Lee Odell Cole, 38, of Gatesville, who died in a shooting
incident at his home last week, were held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the
Bethlehem Baptist Church here with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Rev. Adolph Wagner of Waco, former pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist
From Gatesville Messenger & Star Forum”, Thursday, July 14, 1983:
In Cole Slaying
A 38-year-old Gatesville city parks employee was killed in an early
morning shooting at his home Tuesday, and his 33-year-old wife was free on
5,000 bond, charged with murder.
Lee Odell Cole was shot with a six-shot .22-caliber pistol shortly
before 1:38 a.m. Tuesday, according to Gatesville police Patrolman David
Ruth Mae Cole, wife of the dead man, turned herself in at the Gatesville
police department at 1:38 a.m. Tuesday.
Justice of the Peace Larry McDonald said he pronounced Cole dead
at 2:03 a.m. The body was taken later Tuesday morning to the Hillcrest
Baptist Hospital in Waco for an autopsy.
The murder charge was filed with Judge McDonald who set bond at $5,000.
Mrs. Cole posted bond and was released.
McDonald said he is withholding an inquest ruling in the death pending
outcome of the autopsy.
James said he found the body on the living room floor of the Cole
residence at 2114 Waco Street after Mrs. Cole went to the police
headquarters to report the shooting.
McDonald said Cole was shot in the side, but could not say if he was
shot more than once. "It's possible he was shot more than once. I won't know
until I have the autopsy report," McDonald said.
Two daughters, ages 14 and 15, were present when the shooting took
place, McDonald said.
The pistol was recovered, McDonald said. Mrs. Cole told police
the gun was in the car she drove to the police station.
McDonald signed an authorization form for the autopsy, calling for
"abdominal, thoracic and crannial" examinations, as necessary.
After the autopsy, funeral arrangements will be under the
direction of the Boykins-Anderson Funeral Home in Waco.
Mr. Cole was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Gatesville and was an employee of the
City of Gatesville's parks department.
He was a Baptist.
Mrs. Ruthie Mae Cole, 33, is free on $5,000 bond, charged with the
murder of her husband. She surrendered to police after the shooting
that police said happened shortly before 1:38 a.m. on Tuesday last week.
Justice of the Peace Larry McDonald is withholding an inquest
ruling in the death pending results of an autopsy.
In addition to his wife, other survivors include his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Cole of Gatesville; a daughter, Mrs. Velvia K. Hunt of
Washington, D. C; two sisters, Mrs. Howard Carroll of Gatesville, and
Hettie Jo Cole of Greenville; two brothers, Bobby Cole of Ardmore,
Okla., and Ramon Cole of Oklahoma City, Okla., and one grandchild.
Pallbearers were Joe Mannings, Jerry Carter, Tim Wells, Mike Johnson,
Robert Brown Jr., and Lonza Ortega.
The Boykins-Anderson Funeral Home of Waco was in charge of
Rosevelt Edger Cole (1906 - 1994)
Hettie Cole (1914 - 2006)
Oak Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Mar 17, 2011
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