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Jean Braxton Cole

April 25, 1927 ~ April 28, 2021 (age 94)


Jean Braxton Cole, 94, formerly of Kinston, NC passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Bradley Creek Health Center in Wilmington, NC.

She was born April 25, 1927 in Pitt County, NC to the late Walter Thurman Braxton and Martha Moye Braxton.

Jean was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kinston, NC. Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a bright light to many people and will be dearly missed.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Judy Humbles Bass (Edward) and Jo Anne Humbles Suomala (Donald); grandchildren, Wendy Kennedy, Leslee Potter, and Brandon Bass; great-grandchild, Joseph Dickens; step-grandchildren, Lisa Fisher and Angela Bass.

Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen V. Humbles; second husband, George L. Cole; brother, Walter Braxton, Jr.; and grandchild, Adam Potter.

A graveside service will be held at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston, NC on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2pm. Visitation with friends will be held after the service.

Charitable contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare at or to Pine Valley United Methodist Church at

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Quinn McGowen Funeral Home – Wilmington


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Graveside Service
May 3, 2021

2:00 PM
Pinelawn Memorial Park, Kinston, NC
4488 US Hwy 70
Kinston, NC 28504


Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation
1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401

Pine Valley United Methodist Church
3788 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington NC 28403

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