The hour has come, the curtain of her fruitful life closes. The drama has ended, but none shall forget the love, compassion and laughter of Lena Cole Pleasant, that touched so many hearts.
Lena Cole Pleasant was born, March 22, 1944, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to the late Nathaniel and Susie Cole, Sr. She departed this life on October 17, 2912 at her home surrounded by family and friends.
At an early age, Lena was baptized at First Sixth Street Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Dr. Ransom Howard and remained a dedicated member for well over 60 years until her health began to fail. She worked with several church ministries that included The Senior Usher Board, The Ester Circle and The Building Fund.
Lena was educated in the Port Arthur School System and a 1962 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. She also attended Houston Business College.
Lena retired from Bethlehem Steele Corporation with over 26 years of service. She was a member of many social and civic organizations throughout the community.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Preston “Squat Low” Pleasant; her twin sister, Rena Mae Cole; two brothers, Bobby Cole and Jerry Cole; and nephew, Tommy Cole. She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Sheila Marie Pleasant of Port Arthur, Texas and Renee (Raymond) Thomas of Houston, Texas; one son, Preston Jamal Pleasant of Port Arthur, Texas; a companion of nine years, Odgen Lee Portley, Sr.; three sisters, Phyllis Elaine Cole Hall of Port Arthur, Texas, Sarah (Harry) Reed of Beaumont, Texas, Hazel Cole Tyler of Fort Worth, Texas; one adopted sister, Tamikia (Rubin) Morrow of Beaumont, Texas; two brothers, Phillip Cole, Sr. and Nathaniel Cole, Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas; one grandson, Prestin Jeran Pleasant of Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Endiah Auzhane’ Johnson of Houston, Texas; two sister-in-laws, Rosetta P. Roy of Port Arthur, Texas, Doreatha P. Wade of Bunkie, Louisiana; three aunts, Mary Compton of Stockton, California, Alma Louviere of Port Arthur, Texas, Rose Cole of Beaumont, Texas; two stepsons; six step daughters; twenty-five step grandchildren and twelve step great grandchildren; longtime friends, Larry and Letha Lavalais, Edward Hall, Jr. Ronald Johnson, Frank Johnson, Semonia Coleman; two Godchildren, Edard Hall, III and Enger King, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at First Sixth Street Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.