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Florence Saunders Cole

February 14, 2020

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Florence Saunders Cole, 81, of Goode, Virginia, went to join her husband, Charles Byron Cole in heaven on Friday, February 14, 2020.

Florence was born May 22, 1938 in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She was the daughter of the late James Edward Saunders and the late Pauline Elder Saunders.  She was a member of West Lynchburg Baptist Church and participated in mission trips to aid hurricane victims.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Cole Arthur, and husband, W.T. of Forest ; three sons, Charles Byron Cole, Jr. (Chuck) of Forest, Douglas Wade Cole of Richmond and Steven Scott Cole and wife, Linda of Lynchburg ; two grandsons, Michael Jason Arthur and wife, Tammy of Lynchburg, and Steven Scott Cole Jr, of Louisiana ; one grand-daughter, Melanie Arthur Ahlers and husband, David of Charlotte, NC; two great-grandsons, Owen William Ahlers and Jacob Scott Cole; and two great-granddaughters, Hannah Grace Arthur and Sophie Elizabeth Ahlers, and a sister-in-law, Dolores Cole Davis, and brother-in-law, Robert Dean Davis, of Lynchburg; five nephews, three nieces, and a devoted cousin, Joan Rose, and very special friends, Mary Mays and Charlotte Wilson.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Byron Cole, one grandson, William Charles Arthur; two brothers, Kenneth Elder Saunders and James Edward Saunders.

Florence was a devoted wife and mother, choosing to be a stay at home mom, and later worked as a CNA at the Campbell Rest Home in Bedford, Virginia.  She loved to travel and enjoyed her family vacations.  She also loved sitting and chatting with family and friends.  She especially loved and enjoyed her special pets, Lois and Angel.  One of her favorite accomplishments was being a Marathon Runner and participated in many races with her son, Doug.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of English Meadows/Elks Home in Bedford for the special care and love extended to Florence over the past two years, especially Kenya Wooldridge, who was always available to the family, and to Sharon Jones who became Angel’s foster mom.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 18 from 7:00-8:30 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg.  A celebration of Florence’s life will be conducted Wednesday, February 19 at West Lynchburg Baptist Church, 2021 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Robert Putt officiating.  After a reception at the church, interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Lynchburg Baptist Church missions or to English Meadows/Elks Home Activities Fund, 931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford, Virginia 24523.

Words cannot begin to express the special thanks and appreciation to Dolores and Robert for their lifetime of giving to our family, but especially the last few weeks. We couldn’t have made this difficult journey without them. Dolores was like a sister to Florence.

Florence will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all who knew her.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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