A Homegoing Celebration for Rev. Pauline Lorraine Morgan Cole of Tampa, Florida who passed away, Sunday, September 22, 2019, will be held Saturday, September 28th, 2:00 p.m., at Aikens Funeral Home, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Bishop Adrian Shaw, Jr. officiating. The interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Pauline Lorraine Morgan Cole was born May 11, 1934 in Warwick, Georgia to the late Henry and Mary Morgan. She was three years old, when her family moved to Tampa, Florida. Pauline was baptized in the Baptist faith and later identified with the Apostolic Church, a Pentecostal Christian denomination. She graduated from Middleton Senior High School. She decided to pursue a nursing degree and enrolled in the 5-year program at Tuskegee University. She graduated successfully in 1958 with a baccalaureate degree. She received her M.A. degree in Industrial and Technological Education from University of South Florida. While in college, she met her husband, Everett Cole and they married on June 21, 1959. Pauline worked as a nurse through segregation and met many challenges that she rose above every time. She was committed and along the way she paved the way for many other nurses and stood alongside and spoke up for those who were disenfranchised. After many years of service as a registered nurse she retired in 1982. She then pursued her career as a minister and became a licensed minister in 1987, in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. In addition, to her ministerial duties she was licensed by the state of Florida to own and operate an Adult Family Care Home from 1995 to 1997. She later spear headed the Women of Zion, Inc. She served many capacities including, Founder of the Nurses Guild at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, a writer and producer of plays, co-founder of the First Black Nursing Organization in the Tampa Bay area, known as Minority Nurses of Tampa Bay; also the first black chairperson for the Florida Nurses Association on Human Rights. Her hobbies were cake decorating, sewing, amateur songstress, actor, writing in plays and public speaking. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Cole and son, Stephen John Cole and siblings, Marion Lee, Jerry Lee, and Anna Pearl Morgan Dennard. She leaves to cherish her precious memories: Everett Cole II (Happy); grandchildren, Kaden and Kennedy Cole, Daniel X and Rebecca Nilsson Cole (Sam); brother, Edmond Morgan (Betsy); and a host of other relatives and friends. The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, September 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the chapel for the service.
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