Don Stevens

Don Stevens passed away at Ashley Manor Nursing Home on November 28, 2020, where he had been a resident for a year.  He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 25, 1932, the son of Gail H. Stevens and Georgia Pierson.  Don spent most of his life in Indianapolis, moved to Chicago area and then retired to Boonville, Missouri in 2000.  Don married Barbara Ann Franks on June 25, 1952. 

A Celebration of Life will be held in January 2021 at Howard Funeral Home in Boonville. Exact date and time will be announced at a later date.  The family is encouraging family and friends to write down a memory of Don so it can be shared with everyone.

In his earlier years Don served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Don worked at Standard Brands and RCA in Indianapolis. When Don and Barbara lived in suburban Indianapolis, he was a member of the Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Department.  In Chicago, Don worked for Admiral Corporation, The Stiffel Company and Merrill Lynch.  Don was a member of the American Mensa Society.

Don was a member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Jewish Community Center Association. Don’s passions were travel, biking, books, traditional music and his wife, Barbara Stevens.  The Big Muddy Music Festival is what brought the Stevens’ to Boonville. They faithfully attended the annual Big Muddy Music Festival and are members of the Friends of Historic Boonville.

Don is survived by his wife Barbara and daughter, Debbie Johnson and son, David Stevens.  He has two grandsons: Jeremy Johnson and Patrick Stevens and four great-grandsons: Owen Johnson, Hale Johnson, Brady Stevens and Jamison Stevens.

Memorial contributions are suggested for the Friends of Historic Boonville supporting the Big Muddy Music Festival at http://friendsofhistoricboonvillemo.org/.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Don Stevens, please visit the floral store.

2020 Cole Family Reunion – Update

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Harley Park Shelter House #2 Boonville, MO

  • 11:00 AM:  Registration
  • Noon:  Bring your own picnic lunch (we won’t be combining food due to COVID-19)
  • Drinks (individually bottled) will be provided

Questions:  Bob Painter  816.806.0773 (cell)
                     bpainter@coleassociation.com

Hope to see you there!!!

2020 Cole Family Reunion

The annual Cole Family Reunion will meet on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Boonville, Missouri at Harley Park, Shelter House #2.

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. with a carry-in basket dinner following at noon. Drinks, plates, and cutlery are provided. Please bring food for your family and we will put it all together and enjoy a family meal.

We will continue to closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 situation and post any changes to our reunion on the web site.

Cole County Bicentennial

The kick off for the Bicentennial of the founding of Cole County was held at Marion, the site of the first county seat, later moved to Jefferson City.  A large crowd of attendees, including the Lt. Governor and various officials, listened as Bob Priddy told the story of the Cole Family and the founding of Cole County. Mr. Priddy has been heard for many years on the radio across the region telling the history of Missouri on a daily radio program “Across the Wide Missouri.”   Bob will be at the Cole Reunion on August 9th to present a program on the Cole Family.

Photos from the event can be found here. A copy of Bob Priddy’s speech can be downloaded here.

Dr. Joseph Gregory Cole

Joseph Gregory Cole, Ph.D. was born to Charles and Judy Cole on March 20, 1962, in North Kansas City and passed away May 21, 2020, in Brandon, Mississippi.

Joe was a 1980 graduate of Sheldon High School and earned degrees from Missouri Southern State University, Wichita State University, and Florida State University (PhD). Joe worked in higher education at various colleges and universities across the Midwest in Physical Education.
Joe’s mission in life was to spread the gospel of Christ through everything that he did. He had a passion for athletics and using sports to bring glory to his Heavenly Father. Along with his family, he traveled to various countries, including Romania, India, Iraq, Guatemala, and the Philippines, conducting basketball missionary trips. He was a role model, mentor, and intent listener for so many people.

Joe married Melissa Thelen on August 2, 1986. They have three children, Spencer (and Lindsey, expecting), Hannah, and David (and Caroline) Cole. Additional family members include his parents, Charles and Judy Cole, two brothers, John (and Sandy) and Jason (and Courtney) Cole, three brothers-in-law, Todd (and Chris), Tedd (and Bonita), and Kent (and Ann) Thelen, with 15 nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service held at The Venue at Pinelake Church in Brandon, Mississippi on Monday, June 1st, 2020, at 10:00am. Please feel welcome to join the family in celebrating Joe’s life.

Visit wrightferguson.com to sign the online guestbook.

2020 Scholarship Information

In 2020, 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.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are extending the deadline this year. Applications for the 2020 scholarship must be postmarked by June 1, 2020 and should be mailed to:

Judy Cole
101 NW 100th Rd
Sheldon, MO 64784

Download the Scholarship Application