Cecil Drew “C.D.” Cole, 74, of Orange, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010 at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. The Rev. Joseph P. Daleo will be the celebrant. Rite of committal will follow at Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Monday with a Christian wake to be held on Monday evening at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Born on April 29, 1936 in Merryville, La. to his parents, Joseph Cole and Vera (Posey) Cole, he served his country in the Army in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper and a trainer. He was discharged in 1963 and came to Orange shortly thereafter. C.D. worked as a policeman in Orange and later as an area maintenance supervisor for CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Lake Charles, where he was affectionately known as “Pop Cole” among his co-workers. He retired in 1992. After retirement he continued to work in various positions, helping many others.

C.D. also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching them play baseball and many other activities. He was a man who enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. He enjoyed deer hunting in his earlier years. C.D.’s family will treasure his love, kindness and understanding; for his way of being there for others and the care he showed for them.

C.D. is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Frankie Cole; sisters, Beverly Fletcher and Peggy Smith; and his brothers, Robert and Bill Cole.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 25 years, Sandra Cole of Orange; daughters, Pat Cole of Tucson, Ariz. and Beth Sonnier of Orange; sons, Johnny Vayon and wife Deborah of Conroe and Randy Vayon and wife, Charmaine of Orangefield; grandchildren, Courtney Sonnier, Tanna Vayon, Tyler Vayon, Jake Sonnier and Carlee Vayon. C.D. is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.