Jean Newman Cole

Dec. 24, 2012 @ 11:04 PM

Jean Newman Cole 82, departed this life on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Jean was the youngest of seven children born to Samuel Wesley, and Adra Proffitt Newman, in the Oldhams Creek area of Sevier County. She came to Gatlinburg to work at the M&O Tearoom, where she would meet and marry her husband, and raise her three children. Jean worked with the public for many years, operating her own businesses, but truly found her home as the secretary at Jim McCarter’s Plumbing Company, alongside her dearest friends, Betty and Jim McCarter. She later retired, but quickly found retirement too quiet, and became involved with the artists gallery of her niece, Terri Waters. She enjoyed visits from friends, cooking huge meals, and helping anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: P.A. “Pleas” Proffitt and wife Miriam Maples Proffitt, and Samuel Hammer Newman and wife Sarah King Newman; Parents: Samuel Wesley Newman and Adra Proffitt Newman; Brother: Pless R. Newman; Sisters: Blanche McCarter (Bill), Frankie Oury, Grace Etherton, Pauline Stinnett, Mae Large.

Survived by Children, Joanne C. Shults ( James Lee), Gary Allen Cole ( Pat ), Michael Shawn Cole; Grandsons, Joseph J. Shults, Jeffrey A. Shults, Allen P. Cole, Vincent L. Schettini; 5 Great-Grandchildren; A host of wonderful Nieces and Nephews; Special friend, Carol Reagan.

The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Thursday with funeral service to follow at 7 PM in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Dial officiating. Interment 10 AM Friday in P.A. Proffitt Cemetery in Gatlinburg. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.