Ruth Elizabeth Cole, 79, of Brier Creek, WV went home to be with the lord on Tuesday December 13th 2017 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital due to a long illness. She was born October 10th, 1938 in Baileysville, WV a daughter of the late William B. Hodges and Beulah Lusk Hodges. Ruth started her teaching career at the early age of 17 and enjoyed teaching at Baileysville Elementary School for 32 years. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 49 years Clarence W. Cole of Brier Creek, sister Faye E. Adams of Brier Creek, grandparents Dr. Lee P. Lusk and Bessie Lusk of Balieysville, WV, and Aunt Rada Marrs of Oceana, WV. She is survived by her children Dr. Larry E. Cole of Gilbert, WV, Leon L. (Debbie) Cole of Brier Creek, WV, and Donna F. (Dr. Doug) Lester of Oceana, WV; sister Roberta S. Hodges of Brier Creek, WV; brother William C. Hodges of Lester, WV; grandchildren Hannah (Austin) Steffey of Oceana WV, Jacob Lester of Oceana WV, Kevin Cole of Glen Fork, WV, and Aylah Duncan of Logan, WV; great-grandchildren Brinn and Sophia Steffey of Oceana WV; special nephew William David Adams of Oceana, WV; and a host of other loving family and friends. Friends may gather with family for a memorial service that will be held at Brenton Baptist Church on Saturday December 16th 2017 from 2-4:00 PM with Pastor Tommy Knotts officiating. Ruth will be cremated at her request. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Published on December 15, 2017