Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1952 RJC

James Cole JAMES RAY COLE, 65, was born Aug. 5, 1934 in Eastland, TX, and died June 7, 2000, in San Antonio, TX, with burial in Boerne Cemetery. From the age of 13, Jimmie Ray was raised by his grandparents, Pappy and Grandma Cole, and he loved playing basketball and football. He wanted to be a professional baseball player and was an avid Cubs fan. He survived a car- train wreck but his uncle's car did not. After graduating from Ranger High School in the Class of 1952 at Ranger, TX, he attended Ranger Jr. College and graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He studied theology at SW Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. James received his bachelor & master of science degrees from Pan American University in Edinburg, TX, and completed his doctoral studies in education at Texas A&M University. His professional life included a 10-year management career with the Gates Rubber Company in Colorado and Kentucky and a 30-year career in education. He taught school in Lamesa, McAllen and Boerne; served as director for Adult and Continuing Education in McAllen; served as vice principal at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station and as superintendent of schools in Blue Ridge, TX. He retired from education as elementary principal in Comfort, Texas. James was a member of Masonic Lodge 897 and a deacon of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church. James' passion was the written word and his vast collection includes volumes of Christian literature. Always striving to learn and understand more, he studied and researched what he had read and shared his knowledge with his family and friends. James is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 45 years, Patricia Williams Cole (RHS-1954); two daughters and their husbands, Sandra and Craig Radtke of Boerne, and Suzan and Brad Vangsnes of McAllen; a son, Michael, of San Diego, CA.; four grandchildren, Leighton and Lauren Radtke and Everett and Evan Vangsnes; one brother Artie Morrow of San Jose, CA. James was preceded in death by his parents, Jack W. Cole & Lois P. Moore.