Cole Mason Hardeman
LOVE, Laughter, and Life. Although the last of these three elements was seemingly cut too short, all those whose life he touched have infinite memories of the first two elements.
August 27, 1996 marked the beginning of Cole Mason Hardeman’s journey-the eldest of two princes born to Roscoe, and Cheryl Hardeman. Energetic, curious, and even mischievous, Cole added verve to his parents’ home, and he would continue to do so in the capacity of “big brother” with the birth of his younger brother some two years later. Active boy that he was, Cole enjoyed playing with his friends. His natural athleticism extended to organized sports. He was essential to his Baseball, and Basketball teams from elementary on, but his true fervor was seen on the gridiron. Watching Cole’s football highlights one can readily see how he relished the sport, but he also embraced the concept of Teamwork. This congenial connection is imperative in his friendships as well for many of his classmates, and close associates speak of Cole’s role as mediator, peace maker, and resident confidante; and his teammates from both Ball High, and O'Connell High muse over his ability to rouse the team at even the most challenging moments in practice, and on the field/ Cole’s heart always leaned towards helping others. In a society that systematically hardens young men, Cole’s compassion. Rarely do you see a youth on the cusp on Manhood coo at a baby, or volunteer to watch the younger siblings of friends, and relatives. He joked that he was his brother’s “Second daddy”, amusingly to Alex’s chagrin, but the analogy holds credence for as much as siblings serve as a constant nuisance to one another, Cole was still a natural protector to his younger brother, cousins, and even his parents. With the strong desire to champion the plight of others, and his keen sense of Fraternity, it was no surprise when Cole announced that he’d enlisted in the Army two years after his high school graduation where he proudly served in the 814th Multi Role Bridge Company, 46th Engineering Battalion of Fort Polk, LA.
October 23, 2016 denotes the departure of this wonderful soul’s time on Earth as he transitioned ensuring the safety of someone in danger without a second thought to his own-But isn’t just like Cole to think of someone else before himself.
This young man’s life impacted many. The pain of his loss parallels the depth of devotion he showed to so many. As we ponder on our individual bonds, let us keep his LOVED ones lifted. Cole Mason is survived by his father, Roscoe Hardeman, Jr (Kathy, Trinity, Talis and Tacy), his mother, Cheryl Hardeman, his brother, Gregory Hardeman, his sister, Tonisha Hardeman-Niece-Tamera Eggins, his paternal grandmother Louise Hardeman, his maternal grandparents Alan and Beverly Trimble, his paternal aunts and uncles, Glenn Morrison, Garry Morrison (Mary), Sheila Hopkins, Doretha Roberson, Ophelia Harris, Patrick Hardeman and Chris Hardeman, his maternal aunts and uncles, Rebecca Summers, Denise Trimble, Susan Trimble, Sharon Thomson, Tina Comp (Sara and Emmanuel) and Whitt Trimble. Close cousins Nicole and Owiso Odera, Michael ‘Bubba’ Harris, Jr, Jason Summers (Rebecca, Ethan, Cohan) and Tracy Summers (Brantley) His Godparents, Godsister, and Godbrother- Bernard and Glenda Platt (Brittany and Jordan).
Cole embraced his extended family with the same ardor as his biological family: His close neighbors Wayne and Cindy Pagan, Jenny Lippold and his “baby sisters”, Hannah and Jordan Alcala. His “other mama”, His GranAnnette - Annette Hunt, Heather Gately (Louis, Justin, Taylor, MaryAnn and Gabriel), his Tee Tee, Robin Grant, His bonus brothers and sister, Lee Mackey (Tashia), Tyren Mackey, Calvin Simmons (Ayde) and Tamesha Mackey. His Godchildren, Prince Adonis, Percides Simmons and Yazzanae “Yazzy” Galicia. His Army Unit, The 814th Multi Role Bridge Company, 46th Engineering Battalion of Fort Polk, La. Numerous cousins, classmates and friends.
Cole was baptized as a young child; therefore, Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. Cole is welcomed Home by his paternal great grandparents, John Trimble and Ivy Mae Pettle, maternal grandparents, Eldred and Irene Comp, paternal grandfather, Roscoe Hardeman, Sr., his paternal uncles, Sammy Hopkins and Joe Roberson as well as his maternal uncles, Gregory Trimble and Harry Comp and His GranAsa - Asa Hunt III.
~May we all embrace the extraordinary example of LOVE displayed by this amazing child of The Most High~
Services for Pvt. Cole Hardeman are as follows:
Visitation on Sunday, October 30, 2016 will take place from 4pm to 7pm at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Fwy, Texas City, TX 77591. ** No cell phones, cameras or video will be allowed at this time. Please leave them in your vehicle while you pay your respects. This request will be strictly enforced by military personnel posted at Cole's casket. **
Funeral services on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the funeral home starting with visitation from 9am to 10am and the service beginning at 10am. Graveside service with full military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, Tx 77038. A funeral procession escorted by police motorcade and the Patriot Honor Guard will leave directly from the funeral home to the cemetery. **Please wear bright colors**
A reception will follow at 3:30pm at O'Connell College Prep High School Cafeteria, 1320 23rd Street, Galveston, Tx 77550.
A memorial service in his honor will occur next weekend at O'Connell College Prep High School, date and time to be announced.