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“I don't know where to begin. I had never met such a genuinely noble soul till I met this spectacularly divine creature. If you knew gary, you knew...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was so charming and enormously talented. We still remember his one man show at Actor's Playhouse...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Gary and Marion Silber - Jackson, MS

“Dear Brenda, I can't imagine what you are going through but I know that you are a strong, Christian woman who is always happy and loving to all...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Cynthia Brantley - Noblesville, IN

“Dear Brenda,It is with a heavy heart that I compose this message because no parent wants to lose a child. When I lost my son, Ryan, back in 2001, I...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Evans Mabus - Brandon, MS

“Gary was one of the sweetest persons I have known. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My love to the family at this time in their...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Becky Kelly - Flowood, MS

“Gary stayed with our family in New York for months. He was a light in the household and sang his way throughout those spacious rooms on upper west...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Pamela Kohll - Boulder, CO

“Brenda, all I can say is God needed that beqautiful voice in His choir. I am remembering him fondly while prqaying for comfort and strength for you...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce Ishee - Pelahatchie, MS

“We loved Gary and will miss his smile, his laughter and his way of making everyone smile when they were around him. Our payers are with his family...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Pauline Childs - Brookhaven, MS

“Brenda, John, and all the family, My heart is heavy as I share in your grief. The good news about that is, I don't have to carry my grief alone, and...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Tanner - Osyka, MS - friend

“Please know that I am praying for you. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Teresa Williams - Brandon, MS

Gary Franklin Cole, 25, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. He was born March 20, 1987 in Jackson, MS, and resided in Brandon, MS. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Mississippi School of the Arts in 2005 in Brookhaven, MS. After graduation, he lived for several years in New York City, Ann Arbor, MI, and San Diego, CA. He returned to Mississippi in December, 2010.

He is survived by his mother, Brenda Cole of Brandon; father, John R. Cole of Summit; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Morton of Jackson; grandmother, Mrs. Willie Cole Ward of Bogue Chitto; brothers, Rob (Melanie) Hataway of Ridgeland, John Richard Cole, Jr., of Bogue Chitto, Clay (Jami) King, of Petal; niece Maggie Hataway; nephew and niece Nate and Kalyn King; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Gary accepted God's call on his life at a young age, and was gifted by God with many special talents. He had an especially beautiful singing voice, which he used often from a very young age to sing praise songs to our Lord. He also was blessed to be able to compose music and lyrics. Many friends and family have benefitted from Gary's artistic side, evidenced by beautiful floral arrangements and decorative items which he was able to imagine and create. He not only loved creating things of beauty in the world, he got pleasure from bringing joy into the lives of friends and family by taking advantage of opportunities to meet needs of others as he was able.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's honor to the International Justice Mission ( or to Cross Country Ministries (