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Merlyn "Henry" Eugene Cole

September 14, 1936 ~ February 27, 2018 (age 81)

Age 81 of South Webster, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at SOMC in Portsmouth.  He was born September 14, 1936 in Wheelersburg to Reverend Raymond and Carrie (Arthur) Cole.  After graduating from South Webster High School as part of the class of 1954, he worked for over 39 years for the New Boston Coke Plant from which he retired.  For many of those years he also worked as a salesman for Hanes Chevrolet.  Henry attended Minford Bible Baptist Church in Minford and in his spare time, he really enjoyed hunting and fishing.  When not out tracking down a turkey or a deer, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, to whom he was married for over 63 years; daughters, Sherry (Larry) Moore of South Webster and Terry (Tim) Hall of Wheelersburg; sisters, Judy (Raymond) Schaeffer of South Webster and Carol (Roger) Coburn of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jason (Betsie) Moore, Larrin (Jordan) Fulton, Erica (Jim) Staten, Erin (Alex) Prater, and Elista (Derek) Lewis; great-grandchildren, Kori, Addi, and Rhia Moore, Lilly and Kai Fulton, Logan and Skylynn Staten, Timmy and Krista Williams, and Brady Prater.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Carl “Jeep” Cole; sister, Juanita Fenton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Minford Bible Baptist Church in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating.  Interment will follow at South Webster Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. at D.W. SWICK-NELSON FUNERAL HOME in South Webster and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that honorariums be sent to Minford Bible Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be shared at

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