2016 Cole Family Reunion

Make plans now to attend the annual Cole Family Reunion on Sunday, August 10, in Boonville, Missouri at Harley Park, Shelter House #2. This will be the 80th year that descendants of Hannah Allison Cole have gathered together. We will have our traditional carry-in basket dinner at noon. Plates, cutlery and drinks will be provided. Bring food for your family and then we will put it all together to share. Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m. There is handicap accessibility by driving around to a small east lot and then moving a car to a parking lot.

On the Saturday evening before the picnic, we will gather at Hannah’s statue in the Morgan Street Park at 6:15 p.m. and then walk about a block to Cooper’s Oak Winery where we can visit until 8:00 p.m. Come and join us!

Visit the Friends of Historic Boonville in the Old Cooper County Jail to view Cole Family memorabilia. The building is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

See you on Sunday, August 10!

Dora Margaret Cole

Dora Margaret Cole, 104, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Katy Manor in Pilot Grove. She was one of 3 children born to Owen Estil and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Todd-Cordry in rural Pilot Grove.

Dora attended West Fork School and graduated from Pilot Grove High School in 1929. She married Noel L Cole on April 23, 1931 and were the parents of Carolyn Cole-Eichelberger.

She lived her entire life in the Mt. Nebo area, joining the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church at age 12. She served the churches of Mt. Nebo Baptist and New Lebanon Presbyterian as pianist for many years, was President of W.M.U. and Sunday School teacher.

Dora loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers, and made many quilts. She was well known for her crocheted hot pads, the many floral arrangements that adorned the altars at both churches came from wildflowers and Dora’s flower beds. She was a good friend and neighbor to all who knew her. Her faith was extremely important to her and held a high place in her life.

Dora was preceded in death by her parents, husband Noel in 1978, an infant brother, infant sister, and beloved son-in-law Joe Eichelberger in 2008.

Still living is daughter Carolyn Cole-Eichelberger, granddaughters and their families JoLynn Eichelberger-Jobe and husband Brian, Hannah Jobe-Weber and her husband Brandon, sons Wyatt and Cole, Emily Jobe-Dollich and her husband Jesse, children Hayden and Riley. Peggy Karen Eichelberger-Grissum and her husband Scott, sons Andrew Grissum and his wife Mary and son Brody, Michael Grissum; nieces Marianne Cole-Fues and Nancy Cole-Crawford; numerous family, friends, and neighbors.

Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with burial following in the New Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Wednesday, July 13th at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Nebo Baptist Cemetery and the New Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery.

Online condolences may be submitted at http://www.meisenheimerfuneralhome.com.

2016 Scholarship Information

In 2016, the Cole Family Association will award a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is related to Hannah Allison Cole, maintains a 3.2 GPA and will be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or trade school.

Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2016 and should be mailed to:

Judy Cole
101 NW 100th Rd
Sheldon, MO 64784

Download the Scholarship Application

Constance Solomon

Constance Scott Solomon passed away peacefully on March 6, 2016 following a brief illness.

Connie was born on June 30, 1940 to Arthur M. and Christine Thogmartin Scott in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kansas and the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education.

Connie began her teaching career in Kansas City, Kansas. She met and married Dr. Maurice Cochran Solomon while she was teaching hospitalized children at the University of Kansas Medical Center. They moved to Colorado Springs shortly after getting married. Connie spent the next few years at home raising her children. She then began an extensive political career that culminated in serving two United States Senators and as Chief of Staff for a United States Congressman.

Connie is survived by daughter, Allison Gorab, DDS (Ted) of Morrison, Colorado; son, Scott Solomon, MD (Mandy) of New Braunfels, TX; sister, Patricia Scott Morgan of Belton, Missouri; brother, Arthur M. Scott MD of Kennebunk Port, Maine, three nieces and one nephew. “Conki”, as she was known to her four loving grandchildren, will be dearly missed. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?pid=178082530#sthash.bJzAfYpU.dpuf

James Joseph Painter

James “Jim” Joseph Painter, 72 of Boonville, Missouri passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at his home after a valiant five year fight with cancer.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2015 at William Wood Funeral Home, 517 Fourth Street, Boonville, Mo.with Masonic service beginning at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Jim was born on Friday, August 20, 1943 in Boonville, Missouri to Edgar Leslie & Ruth (Lamm) Painter. Jim graduated from Boonville High School in 1961. After graduation, Jim joined the FBI and moved to Washington, DC and then transferred to Anchorage, Alaska. Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. In 1965 he united in marriage to Nan Halle in Columbia, South Carolina and to this union two children were born. Jim and Nan moved to Atlanta and it was then that Jim retired from the FBI and they moved back to Boonville in 2003. Jim loved Boonville and served on many committees including the City Council and Boonville Tourism. He was involved with Ararat Shriners, Mason’s, York Rite and Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don.
Jim leaves his beloved wife, Nan, to mourn his loss, a daughter and her husband, Casie and Russell Joens, of Madison, Ala. and a son and his wife, Dan and Patricia Painter, of Boonville, Mo., a brother, Jon Painter, of Hannibal, Mo., a sister and her husband, Pat and Bob Todd, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., five grandchildren, Elizabeth Joens, Matthew Joens, Scott Painter, Cody Painter and Emily Painter and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Painter Family, c/o William Wood Funeral Home, 517 Fourth Street, Boonville, MO 65233.