- [S76] Atchley Funeral Home Records, Volume III, 1974-1986, Larry D. Fox, (Smoky Mountain Historical Society), 7 Aug 1985.
Martha L. Smith Miller obituary
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 1 Jul 2006.
Nicholas Austin Maples obituary
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 20 Dec 2010.
Ring caper becomes humorous, touching memory for family
The family of D.L. and Dorotha Cole.
By KAREN McELYEA
One of the funniest Christmas memories I have is one at the home of our parents, D.L. and Dorotha Cole. Daddy had given Mama a red coat (his favorite color) for some occasion, but Mama wasn’t that crazy about it, so it hung in the closet for several years.
This particular Christmas, Daddy had bought Mama a beautiful diamond ring and asked us kids to wrap it. So, we got a plan to put the ring in the pocket of the red coat that Mama never wore. We folded it and even put a price tag on the sleeve and wrapped it into a big beautiful gift, knowing when she opened it she would take it out and try it on and stick her hands in the pockets and find the ring and be surprised.
Christmas came and, just as we planned, she opened the gift, but did not realize it was the coat Daddy had given her years ago. She put it on and oohed and awed, and we all got so tickled. She finally stuck her hand in the pocket and found her ring.
She was so excited and surprised. We all had the best laugh, and neither Daddy or Mama realized it was the red coat from years ago.
Mama got a beautiful gift from Daddy and he got the gift of seeing her beautiful expression.
A huge part of our Christmas went to heaven Nov. 3, 2009, but Mama, you left us with the most wonderful memories any family could ask for. You and Daddy always made Christmas so special for us, and we will always have precious memories to pass on to our families. We love you, Mama and Daddy.
— McElyea lives in Pigeon Forge.
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 3 Nov 2009.
May 24, 1933 - November 03, 2009
Birthplace: Sevier County, Tennessee
Resided In: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee USA
Visitation: November 06, 2009
Service: November 06, 2009
Cemetery: Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens
Dorotha Cole, age 76 of Pigeon Forge, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2009. She was a member of Gum Stand Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents Marshall Seldon and Martha Smith Stinnett Miller; grandson Nick Maples; brothers Ruben (Tim) Stinnett and wife Eunice; sisters Willie (Bill) Fronaberger and husband Jim, Johnnie (Pat) Bryant and husband William (Bryan) Bryant, Betty Oury and husband Ed; niece Joanie Miller; nephews D.D. Bryant and Larry Stinnett.
Husband: D.L. Cole
Children: Karen McElyea and husband Rick, Steve Cole and wife Linda, Lynn Cole and wife Peggy, Janet McClure and husband Bill, Marsha Huff, Glinda Hale and husband Dennis, Tony Cole and wife Stacy
Grandchildren: Gary LaFollette, Jr. and wife Tabitha, Drew LaFollette, Clint McElyea and wife Toni, Stephen Cole, II and wife Michelle, Milisa Huskey and husband Tom, Jamie Ledford, Josh Cole and wife Lea, Travis McClure and wife Shonda, Chad McClure, Brittany and Sierra Huff, Nathan, Aftin, Keri and Jared Hale, Kristi Murray, Petty Officer Second Class Tony Cole, II and wife Lola, Zachary, Autumn, Hayden and Preston Cole
Great-grandchildren: Blake LaFollette, Connor, Cole, Caden and Julia LaFollette, Kallen McElyea, Wesley, Jessica, Kayla, Noel and Mason Huskey, Taylor and Ethan Cole, Dylan Player, Phillip Bugg, Canon McClure, Randy Parker, Tristin and Thomas Hale, Kyle and Heather Murray, K’leb, Bryce and Kelsey Cole
Brothers and sisters-in-law: Rev. Andy and Barbara Miller, Rev. Lewis and Betty Miller
Several nieces and nephews:
Special friends: Annette Jennings and Peggy Rauhuff
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gum Stand Baptist Church, P.O. Box 613, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37868.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Gary LaFollette, Jr., Drew LaFollette, Clint McElyea, Stephen Cole, II, Josh Cole, Travis McClure, Chad McClure, Nathan Hale, Jared Hale, Tony Cole, II, Zachary Cole.
Funeral service 7 PM Friday at Gum Stand Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Reagan, Rev. Andy Miller and Rev. Lewis Miller officiating. Special singers will be grandsons Hayden and Preston Cole. Family and friends will meet 11 AM Saturday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens for graveside service and interment with Rev. Ronnie Reagan and Rev. Roy Gose officiating. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Friday at Gum Stand Baptist Church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)