Leslie “Googles” Cole
With a heavy heart, the family of Leslie “Googles” Cole, announces his passing on Wednesday June 26, 2019 at the age of 81.
Googles, as his friends call him, was born in Fulton on Feb. 19, 1938 to John and Birdie Lee Cole. He attended school in Fulton at the old Fulton Schoolhouse (which is now a museum) and graduated from Aransas County High School in 1956.
He joined the United States Navy where he served his country for two years. He married the love of his life, Wanda Jean Jordan, Jan. 5, 1957. Nov. 11, 1957 and July 5, 1963, they welcomed their two sons Leslie Jr. and Russel Wayne.
In 1948, Googles was a founding member of the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department. Through his many years of service and dedication, the FVFD has become one of the state’s finest.
Googles started, organized, operated, and oversaw the largest yearly festival along the Texas coast known to everyone near and far as Fulton Oysterfest. He served the town of Fulton as both Alderman and Mayor for many years. His generosity, work ethic, selflessness, and faith in God, we all admire.
His family, friends, and everyone who’s life he touched, will aspire to live out the monumental legacy Googles leaves behind. It is a miracle what this man had accomplished for the town of Fulton and its residents. If there was a title that would sum up best what he managed to get done during his lifetime, it would have to be that of “Hometown Hero.”
Googles was preceded in death by his parents John and Birdi; and one brother, Cecil “Bopie” Cole. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wanda Cole; his sons Leslie (Lori) Cole and Russel (Kelli) Cole; his two sisters Faynell Harrell and Shirley Burnett; his granddaughters Megan (Steven) Foreman, Emily (Kyle) Luce, Shelby Hatch and Chelsie Hatch; his three great-grandchildren, Skielar Foreman, Elliott Foreman, and Kaylee Foreman; plus many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Saturday June 29, and Sunday June 30, at the Fulton Fire Department. The sService was held Monday July 1, at Fulton Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 503 Fulton, Tx 78358.
His legacy will live on within is family, through his friends, the FVFD, and definitely under the tents of the Oysterfest.