Phillip Orville Don Cole, Sr. was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Cary and Maynie Belle Rowan. He was born at home and his grandmother assisted the doctor with the delivery. He had a twin sister that was still-born. He has no other siblings. He was called Don all of his life. His parents divorced and his mother later married Thomas Henry Cole on February 6, 1943. Thomas never adopted Maynie's son, but Don used the last name Cole all of his life until he applied for a legal name change in 1959 in Waco, Texas. He married his childhood sweetheart, Gloria E. Pipes, on December 11, 1959, in Waco, Texas. He had four children: Phillip Orville Don Cole, Jr., Mary Catherine, Thomas Robert Bruce, and Michael Brian Odell. He served in the Air Force from 1960-1965. He served in Nebraska, Morocco, Vietnam and Texas. His primary vocation was as a photo-journalist having worked for newspapers in Texas and Arizona. For a short time, he also worked as a photo-journalism instructor at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ.
Maynie Belle Murray Cole