Emmit Franklin Cole

Emmit Franklin Cole – was born December 17, 1930 and passed peacefully from this life the morning of November 12, 2022, at home, where he loved to be.

Though born in Princeton, NC, Frank considered Clayton, NC his hometown. He was a 1950 graduate of Wilson’s Mills High School where he was both an athlete and valedictorian.

Frank joined the US Army after completing one semester of a local college. He served his country in the Korean War, both in battle and in feeding the troops. After his tour in Korea, he was stationed at Fort Sill where he fell in love with a redhead, named Faye Shelby, who later became Mrs. Faye Cole.  He set a beautiful example in loving and caring for Faye until her passing.

After Frank’s honorable discharge from the Army, the birth of 2 sons (Art, and Roger), and returning to his college studies, he successfully completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Though the degree was quite a reward to his efforts, his two sons were his great joy.

Frank then began the next chapter of life as an engineer for DuPont in Memphis, Tennessee. Frank and Faye then added a daughter to the family (Robin).  In 1967, DuPont transferred Frank to the LaPorte plant, and the family moved to League City, Texas. Frank worked his entire career for DuPont. He loved going to work.

As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Frank, who loved all sports, cheered his family on from the sidelines. He led his family well in faith, strength, wisdom, honesty, humility generosity and gratitude, being a good steward of what God had given him. He prayed for his family by name daily.

When he was able, Frank loved fishing and traveling. He loved to take his family and friends out to dinner. He always enjoyed eating. He loved people. He was known as “Friendly Frank” and would occasionally refer to himself as “Extra-friendly Frank” for a dose of good humor. He was never without quick wit, and a good laugh.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents (Meta and Emmett Cole), his wife (Faye Cole) three sisters (Lola Mae Lee, Lois Schaefer, Edna Gupton) brother (Norvelle “Bunk” Cole) and son (Roger Cole).

Frank is survived by his sister (Judy Godwin) and husband (L.E.), of Clayton, NC; son (Art Cole) and wife (Bridget) of Tomball, TX; daughter-in-law (Barbara DeLeon) of League City, TX; daughter (Robin Miller) and husband (Regan) of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Lauren Cole, Rae Scott, Stephanie Lusk, David Cole, Josh Miller, and Daniel Miller; great grandchildren: Kaden Val Verde, Brooklen Cole, Ryleigh Cole and Grant Lusk. There are many that are not listed but are loved within this family circle.

Memorial service arrangements are as follows: Thursday November 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm with visitation at 3:30 pm at Nassau Bay Baptist Church, 18131 Nassau Bay Dr. Houston, TX 77058.  Phone: (281) 333-3844.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the following in Frank Cole’s name:

  • Wounded Warrior Project.org
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Nassau Bay Baptist Church Consolidated Missions Offering

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  1. Robin Walter and I wish to show our love to you and your family in the home going of your loved Father. We joy in the fact that he is in his heavenly home with those who have gone before him.

    Walter and Joyce Larsen
    • Thank you Joyce and Walter! It is a comfort to know that a great reunion awaits all of us. Our God is good!

      Robin Cole Miller
  2. I’m praying for your family as I remember scripture saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: 8henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day: and not only to me, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.” 2 Tim 4:7-8

    J.A. Matthew
    • Thank you so much John Aaron! He finished well! God is good!

      Robin Cole Miller
  3. Robin—- Prayers and thoughts for you and your family during this time.

    BJ Gilstrap
  4. Papi and Mimi, we wish that we were with you now and give you the BIG HUG, like the way you did when our mom went to the heaven in 2019. We sure believe that The glory of the Lord was expressed through the way you took care of your Dad who always proud of you, Regan and Robin ❤️

    Mercy and Nem family
    • Thieu and Trang,

      Thank you for your precious words of encouragement! It was our joy and privilege to care for this amazing man. Our entire family worked together and it has been such a blessing.

      Robin Cole Miller
  5. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. As you know, Frank was like a brother to me. I will miss his phone calls keeping me informed with information on our friends . During my last conversation with him a few weeks ago he said he was ready. I knew he meant ready to be with the Lord. We said our good byes and expressed our love for each other. He is now in the loving arms of Jesus. Our two families have shared many happy experiences together over the past several years.

    Gene Matlock and family
    • Mr. Matlock,

      My dad thought the world of you! He indeed was ready! He will be missed!

      We know his days in heaven have been full of joy! For that we are continuously grateful! God is good!


      Robin Cole Miller
  6. He was a good neighbor, we will miss him. Sorry to hear that he passed on, my best wishes and condolences to his family.

    • Thank you Mr. Albert. He loved his neighbors! He loved living in this neighborhood. We are grateful he was able to remain at home.


      Robin Cole Miller
  7. Mr. Cole was a great friend to me an my family I know he’s in a good place .I affectionately called him swanky franky my condolences to Art an Robin an the family

    William Horn
  8. Art Robin an family my condolences for the loss of your dad he was s good friend to my family an will be missed I affectionately called him swanky franky will miss him at the lake feeding squirrels an watching nascar love y’all

    Toby horn
    • Thank you Toby! He loved all of his “extended family” …aka….the Horns! What a sweet batch of memories we all hold dear because our parents were such dear friends. He loved you all! Know it!


      Robin Cole Miller
  9. Barbara, Lauren, Rae and Kayden my thoughts and prayers are with you. It has been an absolute joy to have taken care of Frank’s “teefies” as he would tell. In taking care of him for 37 years I never remember a time he did not reply to my greetings of “how are you” with “if I were any better I would be a dental hygienist”. It is with true joy just knowing him and how proud he was of all of you and just how much he loved each one of you.
    He will be so missed and never ever forgotten in my heart and mind

    Dana Barnhardt
    • Thank you so much Dana! Our “Friendly Frank” was a treasure of joy for certain. Thank you for those sweet kind words! He appreciated you and the work you did keeping his teeth in good health. God bless you in the work of loving on people and making their smile brighter.


      Robin Cole Miller
  10. Some of my fondest childhood memories were with the Cole’s. Our families shared holidays, camping and fishing trips, boat shows, Astros games, oh the list could go on and on!!!!!
    Mom, Dad, Frank and Faye are back together again, having a grand time!!!!!!!
    Love to the family!!!!!!!

    Michelle Horn Bowers
    • Michelle,

      Thank you for those precious words of sweet memories. Yes, we could burn through a cord of wood around a campfire, just telling stories of our families’ adventures, boat shows, camping/fishing trips. What treasures of sweet memories. God has been so good to us! Love you!


      Robin Cole Miller

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