Bennie D. Cole, 76, of Columbus, MS passed away Friday, April 24, 2009,at his residence. Visitation was held Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 5-7 pm at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 2 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, Columbus, MS with Rev. Andy Pearson officiating. Mr. Cole will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Friendship Cemetery, Coumbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS, directing. Mr. Cole was born December 15, 1932 in Portia, AR to the late William Horace and Dollie Mikel Cole. He was a resident of Columbus, MS for the past 73 years having moved from Birmingham, AL. Mr. Cole was retired from First Columbus National Bank as a loan officer after 46 years of service. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Columbus, MS, East Columbus Lions Club, the Downtown Host Club and the East Columbus McDonald’s Coffee Club. Mr. Cole loved hunting and fishing. Mr. Cole is survived by his wife – Mary Ann Moore Cole, Columbus, MS; children – Vicki (Fred) Keogh, Ft Atkinson, WI; and David Alan (Gina) Cole, Slidell, LA; brother – W.H. (Polly) Cole, Olive Branch, MS; sister – Joan (Max) Williamson, Smyrna, GA; grandchildren – Jeffery Keogh, Rachel Cole, Sarah Cole, Jonathan Cole and Elizabeth Cole. Pallbearers will be Max Williamson, W.V. West, Jonathan Cole, James Haynes, Karl Williams, Jim Hawkins, Glendal Reid, and Ralph Blackstock. Honorary pallbearers will be The East Columbus McDonald’s Coffee Club, Marcus Stone, Danny Holocher, Richard Jackson, Ricky Hutchinson, Glenn Rickman and Robert Earl Lamar. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Church, 511 Airline Rd., Columbus, MS 39702; Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 478, Columbus, MS 39703; or the donor’s choice.