Everett Lee Cole was born June 27, 1933 in his parents’ home located in rural Dewey County, Oklahoma. He was the second child and first son of Murl Newton Cole and Bertha Blanche (Young) Cole. Everett’s love for country living, farming and ranching remained for his entire life. As a young boy he worked hard to help his parents with farming and would rise before daylight to begin his chores before school. In his lifetime he did every aspect of farming. He oversaw wheat harvest as a young man when his Dad would leave to custom combine from Oklahoma to Nebraska. He and his brothers and friends loved to hunt and trap. They would run the creeks at night with their faithful dogs and were almost always were successful. The boys did this without guns and it was always fun except maybe when the skunk sprayed them! Everett would sell the hides for extra money. As a young child he moved with his family to the Wind River, Wyoming area. They also resided around Delta, Colorado; however, most of his childhood years were lived on the family farm southwest of Vici, Oklahoma. Everett was always close to his five siblings: Loreta, Keith, Dean, Linda and Danny. He enjoyed many good times with them.
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Everett attended grades first through eighth in a one-room country school called Pleasant Ridge and his mode of transportation was walking and riding horses. He had a faithful horse named “Sunny” and they spent many wonderful times together. His dog, Drummer, was a close companion. Everett graduated from Vici High where he excelled in his studies and loved playing baseball. His quick speed was noted on several occasions robbing his opponents of home runs with his catches. He met the love of his life, Helen Annette Pollard while attending Vici High. They were married on October 6th, 1951 and have celebrated 67 anniversaries together.
Everett and Helen moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1952 where Everett attended college at Oklahoma A&M now known as Oklahoma State University. He later completed studies in soils in Ithica, New York and received his Master’s Degree from OSU with all A’s.
Following college, Everett was employed by the US DA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist for 35 years. During his tenure as a Soil Scientist, his surveys included snow and soil surveys in Humboldt County, Nevada along with soil surveys in Woodward, Ellis, Delaware, Adair, Cherokee, Bryan, Tulsa and Payne Counties, in the State of Oklahoma. His mapping included approximately two million acres and resulted in Ten Soil Publications that he authored or co-authored. He enjoyed his work and made many friends. Upon retirement he received a Safety Award for no traffic accidents during his service. For many years he helped with Land Judging competitions in Oklahoma City for Youths and Clubs from 15 States.
Everett and Helen Cole raised four children: Debra Lee, Ricky Lynn, Kim DeLon, and Cindra Dawn. The family started in rural Western Oklahoma outside of Vici. Everett was a loving husband and Dad. His advancements in work took them to the town of Winnemucca, Nevada and the Oklahoma towns of Woodward, Shattuck, Jay, Durant and Stillwater. Everett was always active in the communities he lived. He loved baseball, he played it in his youth and coached it as a Dad. Later in life he and Helen loved watching the grandkids play. He enjoyed Sawyer’s softball games too. In Durant he was active in Woodman of the World and in Stillwater he served as Kiwanis President.
Everett loved God and was ordained a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He and Helen served the Lord in churches wherever they lived. In Shattuck, Jay, and Stillwater he served as a Deacon. He was a Sunday School teacher, Training Union Director and worked with the RA’s. Everett accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior while a young man. He loved going to church, spending time with his family, traveling, camping, hunting and fishing. There wasn’t much that he couldn't do, he was mechanically inclined and could fix about anything. Everett loved to sing and had a good voice; he could send chills when he sang Old Shep to us; he often sang hymns at home and with the family as we traveled. He was a man of integrity, strong, wise, generous, self-sacrificing, and had a great sense of humor; we will miss his smile, laughs, good advice, knowledge, and leadership in our family. However, we are most thankful for his 85 years and we know he has a home in heaven and is rejoicing with other friends and family who have preceded him in his journey. We also know, he hopes all his friends and family will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and accept him as their Lord and Savior.
Everett entered his heavenly home on April 29, 2019 and was preceded in death by his parents: Murl (Mugs) Cole and Bertha (Young) Cole. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons: Ricky Cole and Kim Cole and his wife, Gerry, all of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Daughters: Debra Field and husband, David of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; Cindy Smith and husband, Bill Smith, of Glencoe, Oklahoma; Sisters: Loreta Dye and Linda Meyer and husband, Alan of Camargo, Oklahoma; brothers: Keith Cole and wife Bonnie; of Taloga, Oklahoma; Dean Cole of Sharon, Oklahoma; and Danny Cole and wife, Carolyn of Taloga, Oklahoma; Grandsons, Pat Briscoe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Josh Briscoe and wife, Amanda, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; Will Smith and wife, Rhia, of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Jeremiah Smith and wife, Samantha, of Glencoe,Oklahoma. Kevin Cole, and Ki, of Stillwater Oklahoma. Granddaughters: Lisa Morrow and husband, James of Glencoe, Oklahoma, Kara Kirkendahl and husband, Ashby of Morrison, Oklahoma; Angela Karr and husband, John of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Haileigh Couri and husband, Danny of San Bruno, California; DiGi Graham and husband, Greg of Broken Arrow, Great Grandkids: Dawsen and Sawyer Briscoe, Ayden Morrow, Eli and Asher Kirkendahl, Isadore and Seamus Smith; Kanada Smith; Trevor, Layne, Chloe, Mia, and Nova Couri; and Declan Graham. One aunt, Wilma Lee Williamson of Felt, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.