Dr. Walter A. Cole, Jr.

Dr. Walter A. Cole, Jr. age 88 of Brandenburg died on March 31 from natural causes. His daughter, Karen A. Cole preceded Dr. Cole’s death in 1980. Dr. Cole is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Lois ‘Deanie’ Hazle Cole of Brandenburg; daughter, Denise Cole-Russell of Nashville, TN; son, Walter Allen Cole III of Cincinnati, OH; 3 grandsons: Walter Andrew Cole of Cincinnati, Luke Curnow of Smyrna, TN and Stephen J.P. Curnow of Panama City Beach, FL; one granddaughter, Hayley L. Cole of Cincinnati; as well as 3 great-grandchildren: Blaiklee, Crew and Cove Curnow of Smyrna, TN; and brother-in-law, Bill Hazle of Hodgenville along with 3 nieces in Ohio, Louisville and South Carolina. Dr. Cole served his country as Medical Officer and Captain in the United States Air Force, followed by continued service in the Air Force Reserves. He served his rural communities as physician in family medical practice, whereby in his early career, he and a partner were the two doctors who created “The Clinic” on Main Street in Brandenburg. He also provided medical support for MCHS sports teams and Olin Chemical Corporation. He later worked as an emergency room doctor in hospitals around KY. Dr. Cole had great compassion for his patients, and delivered hundreds of babies in Meade County, at Fort Knox Army Ireland Hospital, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Tyndall Air Force Base in FL. Dr. Cole was a devoted family man and mentor to many. He was a trusted and respected leader of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brandenburg. He grew up in Hodgenville as son of a banker and school teacher, played basketball and baseball as a young fellow, enjoyed his grandfather’s farm and saw mill, and then went on to graduate from the University of Louisville Medical College with honors. Dr. Cole was an avid reader of history, loved watching Kentuckian collegiate round ball and debating political opinions, sharing social concerns, funny stories and a good laugh, especially on himself. He was an advocate of environmental conservation, holistic health and healing of the mind, body and spirit. He also enjoyed travel, meeting interesting folks and experiencing diverse cultures, studied past civilizations and was a scholar of biblical texts. In Athens, Greece, he was amused by the cynical Greek philosopher, Diogenes who searched in vain for an honest man. In Scotland, he and wife ‘Deanie’ discovered both their ancient English ancestry. Visiting Israel, Dr. Cole was inspired by laying hand on the same olive trees touched by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed after the last supper. In light of the current health crisis, there will be announcement at later date for celebration of life and the family suggests donations in memory of Dr. Cole to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at PO Box 645, Brandenburg, KY 40108 or to Hardin Memorial Hospital at https://ourhmh.org/. Until such time that we can gather in fellowship, to share memories and tell tall tales of Dr. Cole’s special soul, please read and be comforted by one of his favorite verses from the Old Testament, Eccesiastes 3:1-11 ‘For everything there is a season …’ written by King Solomon around 937 B.C. Also, refer to one of his favorite hymns, ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’. Condolences may be conveyed to family at www.bjsfunerals.com.

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