Tollie Boyce Cole, MD

August 18, 1937 - February 12, 2020
Tollie Boyce Cole, MD


Tollie Boyce Cole, MD, age 82, passed away peacefully in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

He was born on August 18, 1937 in Rockingham, North Carolina, son of Tollie Benson Cole and Jessie Beasley Cole.

He was a three sport All-State athlete at New Hanover High School. He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate and medical school education. He completed his residency in Ear Nose and Throat at The University of California at San Francisco.

He returned to North Carolina in 1969 and spent 22 years as a professor at Duke University Medical Center. He then opened an ENT practice in Southport where he continued to live until his death.

He is survived by his three sons, Eric (Wendy) of League City, Texas, Marc (Tracy) of Holly Springs, North Carolina, and Christopher (Alison) of Hurdle Mills, North Carolina and their mother, Genevieve Lowry Cole of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Reese, Ayden and Riley and his brothers Jimmy (Martha) of Springfield, Virginia, Jack (Jackie) of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Homer (Lynn) of Richmond, Virginia, and his sister Patricia Ellis (Bob Carcro) of Wilmington, North Carolina. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Jane Inman and his brother Jerry Earl Cole.
The visitation originally scheduled for March 28, 2020 at Dorothy Cruse Memorial Chapel, 4795 Fish Factory Road in Southport, North Carolina from 1:30-3:30 has been postponed until a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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  • February 17, 2020
    Lynn Denning lit a candle:
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  • February 18, 2020
    Thea Owens says:
    So sorry to hear about Dr Cole. I worked next door to him for 15 years and he helped me thru a few medical problems with care and compassion. My thoughts are with Chris and his family

  • February 18, 2020
    Pete Brown says:
    My deepest sympathies to the family members. of Dr. Cole, a family that welcomed me into their homes and hearts in most exceptional and memorable ways during my first pastorate in Riegelwood, NC.

  • February 18, 2020
    Nancy Falby says:
    Dr. Cole was a gifted surgeon, compassionate physician and someone who will be missed by all. I’m glad I got to work with him. Prayers for his family.

  • February 18, 2020
    Lynn Lancaster RN says:
    I it was my pleasure to work with Dr. Cole for many years at Dosher Hospital in Southport. He was always calm and caring to all of his patients, including myself when I required his expertise. Never pretentious, a true man of honor. He will be greatly missed.