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RK Stewart Cole
VIRGINIA BEACH -- RK Stewart Cole
, 83, of Baylake Pines, died Feb. 20, 2002, after a long illness.He
was born in Campbellsville, Ky., Dec. 22, 1918, and was predeceased by his
parents, Alexander Stewart Cole and Mattie Vance Cole. He retired from the Navy Feb. 1, 1966, after serving 28 years on active duty.
During World War II he
served in the European theater and was transferred to the Pacific fleet following VJ Day.He returned to duty on the East Coast where he served as commanding officer of the USS Bearass and the USS Sperry.At the time of his retirement, he was on the staff of the Atlantic Fleet ASW Tactical School in Norfolk.He was a member of Bayside Presbyterian Church where he remained active until his death. He
is survived by his
wife, Ruth E. Cole; a daughter, Patricia C. Barton and husband Furman W. Barton of Charlottesville; two grandsons, Scott C. Barton and wife Mary Ellen Barton of Richmond and Michael G. Barton and wife Jennifer Barton of Alexandria; and four precious great-grandchildren.He
is also survived by a brother, E. Milton Cole and wife Nakoma of Sarasota, Fla.; and three nieces and five nephews.