The man I love, Jimmy Lee Cole, God in his mightiest power and Glory, put us together. Our love for one another has been an amazing and blessed journey. We were married for 48 joyful years. During our marriage you took excellent care of me, and our family. I thank God for you, you are a wonderful, loving man. Let me reminisce for a while, when we were in Germany. We both went to work, the sun was shining so bright and beautiful. By the afternoon ice began to fall from the sky. I was very concerned about you getting home, and myself as well, a we worked in different places & I worked a little late than you. While I was worried about us getting home, I looked out of the window and I saw a man walking towards my work place. He was walking towards the dining facility coveted in ice. That man was the love of my life, Jimmy Cole. You walked up to me and asked if I was ready to go home. I said yes, you took my hand, and we walked home together. What you did for me that day will always be in my heart. I also remember living here in San Antonio, TX in 1998 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. When she came home from the hospital you took great care of her. You helped me give her medicine, you helped me feed and bathe her. You did everything you could to make sure she was well taken care of. I thank God for blessing me with you. Deep down in my heart, we will always be a part of each other forever. The love we shared with each other will be an everlasting joy in my heart. I love you more than mere words can ever express.
Love you with all my heart,
(Your Bab Bab)
My father grew up between NJ & AL, developing both book and street smarts. He told me he stayed working at the age of 13, because he liked having his own money on his pockets. While attending college he met my mother, and pursued her until she agreed to allow him to drive her home from class. During that drive my father shared his hopes and dreams with my mother. How he desired to travel, see the world, and how he wanted a family to share his life with.
That drive embarked the journey that is out family legacy. My father wanted greater opportunities than Daleville, AL provided in 1976. My father chose a life of service to his country; he and my mother decided to become a military family.
Their decision shaped my childhood into an every changing adventure. Moving from place to place, meeting and learning from people originating from different lands was so exciting to me growing up. Exploring different cultures with my family has been an amazing experience; it has shaped me into the woman I am today.
Some of the most insightful, thought provoking conversations of my life were with my father. My daddy stayed sharp, taking selfies before church showing how fly he looked in a suit. He loved fashion, history, traveling, and he loved to move to the groove of good music.
I never heard my father say the words "I Can't ". I don't believe they were within him to say. Whatever Jimmy Cole set out to achieve, he found a way to make it happen. Whenever I feel fear or doubt, I hear his resounding reassurance within my soul reminding me that I am strong, I will make it, as I am his Daughter.
I love you Daddy,