Kenneth H.

Cole, Sr.

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Kenneth H. Cole, Sr.

Aug 22 1926 - Dec 01 2011

Kenneth H. Cole Sr., age 85, of Carrollton, Texas, passed away December 1, 2011. Kenneth was born August 22, 1926, in Plano, Texas, to Thomas Harrington Cole and Thelma Charlotte (Griffin) Cole becoming the 200th citizen of the then small community. He married Constance Lou Stewart Raney on October 16, 2010, in Carrollton. Kenneth was a member of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Connie Cole of Carrollton; children, Cathy Bixby, Kenneth H. Cole Jr. and wife, Paula, and Carol Sullivan, all of McKinney, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends. Mr. Cole graduated from McKinney High School in 1943 and Texas A&M University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. In February of 1948, he was hired by the Texas Highway Department. Among his earliest accomplishments, he was lead engineer in 1949-52 on several state highways in Collin County, including roads from Josephine to Wylie, from Wylie to Plano. He proudly stated that these state highways were the first paved roads in Josephine, Wylie, as well as other small communities in Collin County. In 1952 he became a registered engineer which he remained throughout his lifetime. He was instrumental in the design and construction of roads and highways in North Texas including US 75 from the Dallas County Line to State Highway 121, Preston Road from Plano to Frisco and Hwy 121 from McKinney to Lewisville. He left the Highway Department in 1959 as Senior Resident Engineer at the McKinney Texas location. Mr. Cole went to work at Gifford-Hill, a National Aggregate Company as Sales Engineer, in 1959. He was promote in 1965 to Manager of Texas Aggregate Sales and in 1970 as Vice President Southwest Region Construction Material Division, and in 1988 Senior Vice President Gifford-Hill Material Division of North Texas. While working for Gifford-Hill he was instrumental in partnering in the construction of DFW airport and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant along with multiple highway projects and many other large projects throughout Texas. He retired in 1991 from Gifford-Hill which was acquired by Hanson PLC a world-wide corporation. Retirement did not last long; he began to consult for several aggregate companies in the DFW metroplex later solely for Lattimore Materials. Companies that were business associates included H.B. Zarchary, Capital Aggregates, Austin Road and Bridge, TXI, Jackson Concrete, Denton Concrete and Glen Truman Inc. just to name a few. He was a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, National Crush Stone Association and the Texas Aggregate Association. Many executives, politicians, and young individuals were influenced by Kenneth Cole throughout his career. In his final years, he fondly shared how proud he was of his years as a little league baseball manager of the Kiwanis and the Aggies. His love of outdoors was influenced by his father and was blessed to fish and hunt around the world with many of his family, business associates and friends. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano for their compassion. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Texas A&M Scholarship Fund in Kenneth’s memory.
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