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.
The June 2020 Newsletter is now available for download here.
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.
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:
101 NW 100th Rd
Sheldon, MO 64784
Photos from the 2019 Cole Reunion have been posted here.
Martha Bell Schulz, 83, of Peewee Valley, Kentucky, passed away Friday, Sept 13, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Martha was born on August 13, 1937, in Syracuse, MO, daughter of George and Grace Putnam. She grew up in Otterville, MO, and later moved to Sedalia, MO, where she wed Robert Eugene (Bob) Schulz on August 16, 1957. They had three children, Steven Eugene, Robert Scott and Sandra Lynn.
Until recently, she was active in her church, as a member of the choir, participant in the bell choir, a member of the Sweet Adeline’s International, and community volunteer. She especially enjoyed delivering meals with her husband for the Meals on Wheels program.
Martha worked as a secretary for Prudential Insurance Company upon moving to Sedalia and then as a homemaker focusing on her family. When her children were grown, she opened The Collector’s Gallery, a retail art gallery serving Sedalia and surrounding areas until its closing upon her retirement.
She was a talented golfer – a member of the exclusive Hole-in-One club – and enjoyed “couples golf” as a member of Sedalia Country Club for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Steven, her three sisters Gladys Putnam, Connie Brummett and most recently, Marjorie Smith, her four brothers Maynard, Tommy Joe, Jim and Wilbur Putnam.
Surviving her are daughter Sandy Schulz-Shelly of Louisville KY, son Scott Schulz of Franklin TN, grandchildren Ashley Bermudez, Zachary Gail, Brady Gail, Jason Schulz and Chelsea Schulz along with her five great-grandchildren Cody, Jody, Isabell, Ever Isaiah and Halle Bell all of whom she loved dearly.
She will be sincerely missed.
The annual Cole Family Reunion will meet the second Sunday in August in Boonville, Missouri at Harley Park, Shelter House #3.
For the 85th year the descendants of Hannah Allison Cole will gather together. The carry-in basket dinner starts at noon. Plates, cutlery and drinks will be provided. Bring food for your family and we will put it all together to share. Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 11!
If you are in town, come and eat with us on Saturday evening, August 10. Meet at Hannah’s statue in the Morgan Street Park at 5:30 p.m. We will go to a local restaurant. If you are late, check the white paper taped to Hannah’s statue for the location.
Marjorie E. Smith, 97, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia.
She was born January 16, 1922, in Syracuse, daughter of George and Grace (Roe) Putnam.
On June 3, 1951, she married her first husband Elmer R. Ehlers and he preceded her in death in 1958. On September 1983, in Sedalia, she married Glenydon “Jim” Smith.
Marg worked as a beautician in Sedalia for many years. She attended beauty school in Columbia. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Jim enjoyed traveling, especially in their R.V.
Surviving are her husband, Jim, of Sedalia; her sister, Martha Schulz, of Louisville, KY; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Putnam, of Sedalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her first husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Putnam and Connie Brummett; and four brothers, Maynard, T.J., Jim and Wilbur Putnam.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest book from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the funeral home.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.