Dr. Charles Cole, Johnson City

Dr. Charles Cole, 76, of Johnson City, went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Rockwood, TN, on November 30, 1945, to the late James and Frances Cole. He graduated from Rockwood High School, the University of Tennessee, and the University of TN College of Medicine in Memphis. In 1969, he married his longtime sweetheart, Sharon Melton, and they spent 53 wonderful years together.

After completing his internship, he was inducted into the United States Army on orders to Vietnam. However, he was detained in San Antonio when he was chosen to help start the Army’s first Physician’s Assistant Program at Brooke Army Medical Center, which he greatly enjoyed. He then served six more years in the National Guard.

After leaving the Army, he returned to Memphis to complete a residency in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Pulmonary Medicine. He was boarded in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Sleep Medicine.

He moved to Johnson City in 1976 and practiced medicine there for over forty years. He cared deeply for his patients and enjoyed getting to know them and their families. He participated in many medical associations and was especially proud to be an adjunct professor at Quillen College of Medicine and to serve on the Polysomnography Board at Roane State Community College. 

Charlie loved the outdoors and found God through nature. He was an avid hiker, snow and water skier, and trout fisherman. He was very adventuresome- rafting the Colorado River three times, parasailing around the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and riding in a hot air balloon over the Sonoran Desert. He especially enjoyed the comradery of backpacking for several years with a group of special friends and spending time at his little cabin on Watauga Lake watching the wildlife.

Charles is survived by: his wife, Sharon; their two sons, Charles Pittman Cole Jr., Johnson City, and Matthew Melton Cole, and his wife, Christa, Knoxville; two precious granddaughters, Elsie and Penny Cole, Knoxville; his brother and sister-in-law, William and Pat Cole, Winter Park, FL; his sister-in-law Margaret Collignon,, and her husband James, Brentwood, TN; his niece, Lynn Cole, Brisbane, Australia; a nephew, Jay Collignon, and his wife, Kaitlin, Brentwood TN; a special cousin/brother, Dick Cole, Knoxville; and the many other relatives on both sides of family whom he loved.

The family would like to thank his hardworking and compassionate caregiver, Kim Carter, as well as the special and caring staff of NHC Healthcare.

Charles was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where he worshipped and participated in activities for over 40 years. For those who wish, memorials may be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church Organ Fund, 500 N Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601; the Nature Conservancy, 2 Maryland Farms, Suite 150, Brentwood, TN 37027; or a charity of your choice. 

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, TN. Obituary courtesy of Evans Mortuary of Rockwood, TN.

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