Daniel James Cole

Saturday, November 28, 1936 - Monday, January 22, 2024

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather

Photo of Daniel James Cole  - 1936-2024

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.


Condolences from family and friends

Pam & Norma, we love you and we are praying for peace that passes all understanding. Mr. Dan loved you so much. You will see him again.
Beth Tuten
Prayers for the family during this difficult time.Dan was a good friend to all he met. May God wrap His loving arms around this family and give them the peace, strength and comfort that only He can give.
Beth Gray
So very sorry for your loss.
Beth Allisonso very
Norma and Pam, I have so many fond memories of our family times together. Sending love during this heartbreaking time.
Robin Ward Berger
Pam, I was saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He and your mom were always very kind to me. I will keep you, your mom and family in my prayers.
Sandy Owen
So sorry for you’re loss sending prayers
Lisa Welte
I've know Dan since I went to work in the mill. Went to see him at the nursing home and he would always ask me how Susan was doing. We were both union officers Local 507.He was a good man and a good friend .Condolences to the family.
Carroll Israel & Susan Israel
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dan was such a wonderful man of God and I know he will be greatly missed by everyone . He carried so much light and love in his life . Please know I am praying for you all and I know God will carry you through this difficult time.
Amy Howard
Thinking of you on this very difficult day. May you have comfort in the days ahead.
Steve and Lynn Sellars,, Weaverville
Aunt Norma Sue & Pam, His chuckle will always bring a smile to my face. He was kind to me when I was small and as I grew older, he always listened to me as if I was the most important person in the room. In other words, I always felt special in his presence. God Bless you both. Much Love, Steph
Stephanie Cole Dalton
Sending sincere prayers for all of you at this difficult time. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.
Dawn Worley Hyatt
So sorry to hear this news. Dan always had a kind, loving, forgiving heart. He had a Great Smile for everyone. Prayers and Hugs for Family and Friends.
Dennis and Debbie Reed
My deepest sympathy to you Norma & Pam and your dear families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless always.
Juanita Clark Dixon
Norma Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Bethel Class of 1959
Anne Mathews
Pam - I am so sorry for your loss! I know how much you love your daddy! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Tammy
Tammy Parris Green
So sorry for your loss.
Roger King
Dear Norma, Pam, and family, Please accept my condolences. I remember and loved when we were church family. I pray for comfort for all of you. Andrea Hall
Andrea Hall
My deepest sympathies to your family. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.
Cynthia Burnette
Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Dan was a good man and was always good to me.
Ricky and Gail Paxton
Norma and Pam. Was so sorry to learn of Dan's passing. He was a good man and always had a Tootsie roll handy. We loved him and he will be greatly missed. He loved the Lord and his church family. He especially loved you and Pam. Prayers are with you at this time.
I am so very sorry to hear that Dan has gone to glory! But what a day when we see them all again. My kids remember those tootsie rolls fondly. I am praying for your family. You are all so very special.
Cyndi Phillips (Tava’s daughter)
I am so very sorry to hear that Dan has gone to glory! But what a day when we see them all again. My kids remember those tootsie rolls fondly. I am praying for your family. You are all so very special.
Cyndi Phillips (Tava’s daughter)