Jean Orr Cole, age 84, passed away peacefully early on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Jean was born on October 30, 1929, in Hendersonville, NC, to Denton and Mable Orr. Jean’s varied interests included singing and playing the piano, cooking and entertaining, interior decorating, knitting, needlepoint, and china painting. In 1988 Jean married the love of her life, George Cole, an Atlanta native, and spent their remaining years in Orlando and Atlanta. They were active in their Sunday School at Perimeter Church and she was involved in several civic organizations. Jean is survived by her husband, George Cole; sister, Martha York, of Louisville, KY; sons, Steve (Janet) Sherman of Chattanooga, TN; Greg (Dawn) Sherman of Bozeman, MT; step-sons Craig (Vicky) Cole of Winder, GA; Tod (Cheryl) Cole of Simi Valley, CA; treasured grandchildren Dan, Taylor, Ciera, Sara Kathryn, Weston, Sarah and Stephen; as well as nieces Kelly and Christy, and nephew Cliff. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Perimeter Church Chapel located at 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, John’s Creek, GA 30097. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any gifts be sent in memory of Jean Cole to The Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346; 404-728-1181;

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  1. May God comfort your family in this difficult time, but rejoice that she is home with our Father. She was such a sweet lady and an outstanding mother, but more than that, she was a joyful Christian woman!

  2. I Daniel Sherman wrote this poem/letter for my grandmother, Jean Orr Cole, (Gammy) to read at her funeral service. Unfortunately, I didn’t make to to the service because of the snow/ ice storm that came Tuesday upon Atlanta. I was very sad I could not be there. It actually hurt me deep inside. This was the first grandparent I have lost that I was really close to. But, at least I can post this letter out of respect for my grandmother. I can’t say enough about this woman. She was an amazing, kind, mother, wife, grandmother, sister, friend, and christian. I know she went through the Great Depression in the 30’s. She endured a lot. But, her life was a testimony to faith and family. I remember around the time I was born she was there at the hospital. And she came to visit me in Jail when I made some mistakes. I remember her always being so compassionate, sweet, and nice. But, she was also a strong woman, with a pure heart. She did the best she could I believe. She tried to raise Dad and my uncle the best she could. I know it was hard at times. But, she overcame, she succeeded at life! All throughout childhood, we took many vacations to her house in Orlando, and the beaches down in Florida, at Marco Island, Seaside, and at my uncle Greg’s condo in Florida. She used to make us the best breakfast. She was a nurturer, a bright light in the darkness. We also had a wonderful Christmas together as a family in Gatlinburg, TN, at the honeymoon lodge. I have so many good memories of Gammy and my family! My brother Taylor and I shared many precious moments with Jean and George (the love of her life). George did such an amazing job as a husband/ grandfather! I consider him my blood, even though he is not. He was always there for her, loving her until the day she passed on. She was the mother of my father Steve Sherman, and Greg Sherman, my uncle. I always looked up to her, I loved her so much! I wanted to make her proud! I wanted her to be happy. And, I hope I have. I know she is beyond happy now with our lord in heaven. So this comforts us all. I am still young, and chasing dreams and goals. But, I will carry on her memory and legacy until the day I die. She taught me well, she was an inspiration to us all. She was someone to look up to. Her presence would light up a room, her smile would give you a warm fuzzy feeling down inside. We all will remember her always, Until the day when we meet her again… We love you Gammy! I will see you when I get to paradise… Love, Daniel

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