Daniel James Cole
Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather
Daniel James Cole, 87 of Canton passed away on January 22, 2024, with his family by his side.
Dan was born on November 28, 1936, sharing this day with his twin brother, Dee. Dan loved his Lord and Savior. Anyone who stopped by to sit on the porch with him and eat a tootsie roll, left with a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ. He was known as the “Tootsie Roll “man to everyone at church.
Dan had a great love for his church family at Beulah Baptist Church. He had an unwavering love for his pastor, friend, and mentor, Barry Clark. Dan’s dearest friends were Charlie Wyatt of Canton and Mike Stevens of Canton. Dan spent countless hours at church helping with any task and was over the Brotherhood Men before becoming ill. Dan retired from Champion where he worked for 41 years on #13 paper machine.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Debbie Mills.
Dan is survived by his loving wife Norma Case Cole who would have celebrated 68 wonderful years together on Friday; his daughter, Pam Kaller, who he lovingly called “his girl”; Cindy Blazer Roop, a daughter of his choosing; his grandson, Chris Mills and his wife, Jessica of Stanford, KY; his granddaughter, Calissa Mills of Waynesville; two great-granddaughters, Ella Rose and Evelyn; a son-in-law, Larry Mills of Waynesville; and a special niece, Karen Boone of Chapel Hill.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Beulah Baptist Church. The family will be receiving friends from 12:30PM until 2:00PM prior to the service. Pastor Barry Clark will be officiating.
The family would like to thank the staff at Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency Department for the wonderful, kind, and compassionate care they showed Dan and his family, and a special thank you to Casey Cantrell, RN.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ruth Dayton Food Pantry c/o Beulah Baptist Church, 483 Sunset Circle, Canton, NC 28716.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Cole family.