Robert Lee “Bob” Cole

Robert Lee “Bob” Cole

November 1, 1940 - May 2, 2022

Robert Lee “Bob” Cole passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2022, at Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky.  He was 81 years old.

His mother spent Halloween night in labor at home in Knox County, Kentucky, ultimately giving birth to Bob weighing in at 13+ pounds on November 1st, 1940.  Such a grand entrance certainly foreshadowed the giant personality he would become.

Indeed, he never met a stranger.  He was always comfortable being the center of attention, and almost always added joy and laughter to any crowd.

He loved to farm and watch things grow and particularly enjoyed raising tobacco crops and tending cattle.  He loved beauty and saw it in all things from land to ladies.

He loved everything big.  He loved big times, big laughs, and could tell a big story like none other.

He enjoyed a cast of characters as friends throughout the years that would rival Hollywood movies.  Practically all his close friends had big personalities just like him.

Nearly all who knew him adored him.  If anyone ever embodied the lyrics to “My Way,” it was him.  He always played by his own rules.  Oftentimes this worked to his benefit, others, not so much.  However, through good times and bad, he endured.  He had grit.  He was a 30-year cancer survivor and overcame both a broken back and heart attack.

Recently he took most joy in his grandchildren and the ability to live independently, by his own rules, at his age.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Letch and Amanda Gilbert Cole; brother, Bud Cole; and son-in-law, Matthew Stansbury.

He leaves behind a loving family: son, Rob (Gitana) Cole; daughter, Brooke Stansbury (Dave Sprinkles); his former wife of 31 years, Lue Cole; son, Kenneth (Bonnie) Adams; grandchildren: Sophia and Jack Cole and Scarlett Stansbury; brother, Bill (Kathy) Cole; and sisters: Sue Sparks and Bonnie Long.  He is also survived by several nephews, nieces, cousins, other extended family, and numerous friends.

He will be sorely missed by many.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street Corbin, KY 40701.  Visitation will be from 6:00 -7:30 P.M. with the memorial tribute from 7:30 – 8:00 P.M.

  • Teresa Mays
    Posted at 16:00h, 04 May Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Denny Liford
    Posted at 17:50h, 04 May Reply

    Bob will sure be missed by all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. He and his family have been in my family’s life as long as I can remember. They were like extra brothers and sisters to us. Prayers for comfort to the Cole family. I’ll always remember that contagious laugh and positive attitude. Rest in peace, buddy.

  • Robin Lockaby
    Posted at 17:55h, 04 May Reply

    So sorry to hear this, prayers for you all, RIP Bob

  • Sincelia Shell
    Posted at 18:26h, 04 May Reply

    Bob was a one-of-a-kind who had a contagious personality. Hadn’t seen him in years but sure remember good times from years ago! May he enter the gates of Heaven smiling, laughing and rejoicing! Prayers for all the family! May God give you comfort as only He can do!

  • Ronda Goodlett
    Posted at 04:45h, 05 May Reply

    For sure a legend. Rest peacefully and God bless you always. All my luv and prayers to your loved one. Till we see ya again.

  • Kevin VanHook
    Posted at 21:49h, 05 May Reply

    My condolences. I’ve known Bob’s nephew Chadd for 26 years and consider him family. I’m thinking of you all during this time. My thoughts and sympathies are with you.

  • Ronald Gilbert
    Posted at 07:54h, 06 May Reply

    Sorry we couldn’t be there. We love all of you.

  • Mike
    Posted at 17:33h, 06 May Reply

    So sorry I missed funeral for bob. Always loved being around him and all of you . He will be missed

  • Becky Liford
    Posted at 11:34h, 07 May Reply

    Mayor of Lily 😭
    Rest in Peace, Sir.

  • Forrest Howard
    Posted at 12:36h, 07 May Reply

    Sorry for your loss, Rob (and family). I have nothing but good memories for your dad.

  • Billy Hopkins
    Posted at 03:30h, 08 May Reply

    You truly will be missed buddy by myself and many more!!! I was a dear friend to me and a one of a kind!!!

  • Patricia Cole
    Posted at 00:53h, 10 May Reply

    Beautiful tribute. Condolences and love🌿

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