A.J. Cole, age 82, of Mena, died Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Springfield Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. He was born on Thursday, August 17, 1937 to James Argle and Dovie Lucille Standridge Cole in Mena, AR.
A.J. was a southern Baptist pastor in Polk County for over forty years, most recently at the Salem Baptist Church in Nunley. He enjoyed getting to know people and spreading the good word. Every church that he pastored became like family, and nothing was more important to A.J. than God and family. He served in the United States National Guard and was a longtime member of the NRA and the Southern Baptist Convention. A.J. really loved being in nature and having hunting and fishing adventures. He was passionate about NASCAR and even did some race car driving in California in his younger years. A.J. was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sherry Cole; one son, Tracy Cole; one brother, Steve Cole and one sister, Ginger Cole.
A.J. is survived by one son, Troy Cole of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter and son in law, Mitzi and Sam Pearl of Watson, Oklahoma; two brothers, Farrell Cole of Mena and Jerry Cole of Wrightwood, California; four grandchildren, Dalton Pearl of Mena, Jenna Pearl of Watson, Oklahoma, Bryce Cole and Charli Cole both of Springfield, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Kaden Pearl and Krystal Pearl both of Mena; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Concord Baptist Church in Ink with Brother Ron Ladd and Brother Jerry Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. There is no visitation planned.
Pallbearers will be Troy Cole, Bryce Cole, Farrell Cole, Jerry Cole, Sam Pearl, and Dalton Pearl.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com