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Samuel Sutphin Cole, 1917-2002

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  On Oct. 21, 2002, at Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Samuel Sutphin Cole and his wife, Blanche MacKenzie Cole, were remembered in a service of death and resurrection by those in attendance. Blanche preceded her husband in death by less than a day. Dr. Stephen E. Bradley Jr., pastor of the church, the Rev. Wm. Anthony Layman, Petersburg District superintendent, the Rev. John Z. Brandon, a lifetime friend, and the Rev. Lowell D. Petry officiated and participated in the service of death and resurrection. Their interment followed the service at Bethel Cemetery in Alberta, Virginia.

  Sam and Blanche are survived by three children. They are Wayne Carlton, Charles Wesley, and Carol Elizabeth Gray. In addition to their children, survivors include four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  Sam became a member of the Virginia Annual Conference on June 9, 1958, when he was received by transfer. Prior to serving in the Virginia Annual Conference, he was ordained into the Church of the Nazarene in New England where he served from 1956 to 1958 the First Nazarene Church in West Springfield.

  His appointments in the Virginia Conference included six districts, Arlington, Rappahannock, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Charlottesville, and Norfolk. From 1958 until 1983, he served nine different appointments and 11 churches. They were as follows: Piankatank Parish 1958-1960; LaCrosse 1960-1965; Central 1965-1966; Deep Creek 1966-1970; Crittenden: Ebenezer 1970-1974; Monroe 1974-1978; Portlock 1978-1979; West Brunswick 1979-1983.

  John Brandon, as he described his friend Sam, remembered him as a man of intellect, a man with a heart full of compassion and one who gave without reservations in serving his Lord.

  During the time that I have known both Sam and Blanche as their district superintendent, they were persons who always expressed thanksgiving in whatever relationship we shared together. In retirement, they did not have an easy life. But, I never experienced them without faith in their Lord. They died as they served, with joy, hope, and a Savior who sustained them.

— Wm. Anthony Layman, District Superintendent



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