Coleman Douglas “Cole” Whitfield, 21, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Greenwood Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Phillips officiating. Interment will be in Centerville Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until service time at the church.
Cole was born June 27, 1998, to Joey and Stacy Foster Whitfield. He was a 2017 graduate of Pillow Academy, where he was a star athlete in soccer, football and baseball. He received the Louis Coleman award in baseball, which was always Cole’s love. He played not only at Pillow but also for many travel teams as well, with other athletes who became family. He went on to play at Hinds Community College for two years before transferring to Mississippi Delta Community College. A strategic player, Cole shared his knowledge of the game and his soft-spoken encouragement to not only teammates but most importantly to his nephews. He spent countless hours teaching them on and off the field. Cole had many passions and pastimes of every “Delta Boy”: hunting, fishing and hard work. He will always be most remembered for his love of the game, his family and his boys.
Cole is survived by his parents, Stacy and Joey Whitfield; his two sisters, Holly Whitfield and Grace Jefcoat (Will); nephews Wood and Crawford Jefcoat, all of Greenwood; his aunt, Susan Gray (Charlie) of Cumming, Georgia; and three uncles, Mike Whitfield (Anne) of Winona, Ronnie Whitfield of Goodman and Kenny Foster of Stringer.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Higginbotham, Gray Higginbotham, Louis Coleman, Bubba Buford, Jud Thigpen, Trip McCarty, Sammy Overley, Roger Bright, Hayden Rideout, Simon Turner, Hunter Azlin and Ralph Azlin. Honorary pallbearers will be members and staff of the Mississippi Delta Community College Baseball Team.
Memorials may be made to Pillow Academy Baseball or the Hull Foundation, 317 CR 352, Greenwood, MS 38930.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.greenwooddeltafh.com. Greenwood Delta Funeral Home 662-374-5161.