Samuel “Sambo” Cole

Samuel “Sambo” Cole, 63, of China Spring, passed away Thursday, April 11.

Memorial Celebration: Friday, April 19, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, with a eulogy read by Shortcut Spinney at 3:30.

Sambo was born June 3, 1955, in Washington D.C., to Richard and Martha Cole.  With his father being in the military, they lived all around the world.  As an adult, he rode his motorcycle all over the country, where he met all kinds of people along the way.  In 1982, he finally settled in Waco, although his wondering spirit still drove him to jump on his motorcycle and travel as the mood took him.  He was a bartender by trade and worked at many different bars in and around Waco.

Sambo never met a stranger and never judged anyone for their differences instead seeing past the outside and reaching people.  He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. and Martha Cole; brother, Andrew Cole; and sister, Cris Cole.

Sambo is survived by his wife, Sherrie Morgan-Cole; sons, Samuel Anthony Cole and wife, Wendy and Billy Morgan; granddaughters, Lydia, Zoe, and Aiden Cole, Zayla “Termite” and Zariah Morgan; brother, Richard Cole and wife, Karen; sister, Cindy Chal and husband, Jim; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708



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  1. RIP Sambo

  2. Rest easy Sambo, see u on the other side

  3. I am glad I had the privilege of knowing you Sambo, fly with the angels.

  4. Rest in Heaven my friend.

  5. Crystal dillinger

    Love and prayers sent to the family. REstate in peace Sambo. Your forever in my heart.

    Love and prayers, crystal gayle.

  6. Sambo, you will be missed by most, and remembered by all! Ride free old friend…

  7. Mary Fitzpatrick

    When we consider the people we truly admire in our lives, we may not be able to count too many.
    There are people we listen to even when they say nothing and the people who make us smile without meaning to. These people don’t even realize they are like this , because their hearts are humbled and they don’t grasp after influencing others ….Samuel Cole this was you !
    One day you came into my world and from that moment you enrich the lives of many from all walks of life .
    I will always treasure the times from first meeting you at Runts and through all our times from Lake Waco, Sleeper Street and the entire City of Waco.
    Wish our times would’ve lasted longer here on earth but we all now have an angel in heaven called SAMBO………..,.cheers my dear friend
    FITZIE

  8. Sending positive and healing vibes to the family. Sambo was one of a kind and will be truly missed by all who loved him dearly.

  9. My heart aches for the family. I truly loved this man. Guess he and Bruce are having a great talk as they use to do. My prayers . Judith Mcgee.

  10. Kristie Reynolds

    Well you have gone and left us all behind… Never will I forget your crazy ass!! I’ll always remember!!! Thanks for being there for me and being my friend and brother in-law. . I’m happy I got to know you for so many years. And there was a lot of years 30 plus.. I’m thankful for all you shared with me and boy did I learn… Haha thanks for letting me know you and Samuel.. all my love, rest easy FATSO

  11. Samuel, you know me heart and how i felt about your dad! I know your life had forever changed. But he taught you to be tough, and you are! You have an awesome support team. Wendy and your girls are and your mom are gifts from God. Don’t be afraid to lean on them. I’m very proud of the man you have become and i know for a fact that your pops was so very proud of you too! He wasn’t a perfect man but he loved with all his heart! I’m just a phone call away, anytime! Just take it one day at a time❤

  12. We spent many years since the late 70s following Sambo from place to place. Long time at Wallys and Lakeside, then of course on Dallas highway, now he can see Bobby and Donald Scott and Big mama, (jo ann) and many others we have lost over the years. They are all missed here. Good thing you left a son that seems alot like you Sambo, hard shoes to fill but he seemed to be doing it the best he could. I will be praying for peace and comfort for all of the friends and family left behind.

  13. Kathy Marshall

    I’m going to miss your crazy self so much haven’t seen you in awhile but when I did we always had a good time you’re one of the greatest people I’ve ever met Will Always Love You Sambo

  14. You were a good friend, love ya Brother, I’ll see you on the other side….

  15. judy fairchild

    so sorry for the family.he was a great guy.rip sambo.

  16. Sambo you were one of the great ones left, you will be truly missed. Your old friend and drinking buddy Gary Moon. God Bless your soul.

  17. My friend, my brother, Sam my heart aches for your loss. Words will never express how devastating this blow has been. Should you need a friend to sit beside in silence I’m there! My love for you and yours will always be there . Bless you and yours in this time!

  18. You were my friend as long as I can remember & I Will see you again! Praying for family & all that loved you! RIP Sambo!!

  19. Ronald Kearney

    Thank you for being you sambo love you carry Michelle West guy

  20. rest in peace old frend

  21. john Spearance

    John and Linda Spearance we will miss you ,rest in peace.

  22. To the character of Waco whom I enjoyed working with for years and the friendship we had I thank you. Sambo, you will be missed and always remembered! My condolences to all of his family and friends. Laughs and Buds are coming to the afterlife via Sambo!
    Love, Peaches

  23. Sambo, you were one of kind and I will never forget you or your friendship. Ride free & Give ’em hell, My friend.
    weezer

  24. Sambo many moons many great times.

  25. Sandy Sustaita and Felix Rivera

    You will be missed brother

  26. Sandy Sustaita and Felix Rivera

    You will be missed brother. Will never be forgotten

  27. Sambo You were such an amazing man. Helping everybody with benifits and You were a father figure to so many. You will missed by many. But God needed you. Go rest high on that mountain. Your work on earth is done. Claudia

  28. Kelly Smith Icky Twerp

    I feel your smile from here brother, soon we all be together, love ya like I do xo, curtsy

  29. Paula Hoffman Paulk

    Sambo you are one of a kind and will be missed by my friends. You will be able to update Frey and Hoffman and let them know things aren’t the same without all of you guys! You are a legend and will truly be missed.

    • Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

      23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

      2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

      3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

      4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

      5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

  30. Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

  31. Alfred (Freddy) & Rose Pena

    Samuel & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Sambo, and good friend. We knew Sambo way back in the day and for a long time. Every time we saw him, he always had a great smile and a big hug for us both. A Great Person!
    He will truly be missed!
    Rest in Peace, Our Friend!

    Alfred (Freddy) & Rose Pena

  32. Blessed Be, Sambo.

  33. Rest in peace Sambo. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  34. Brenda Campbell

    Mprayers are offered up for the family. Sambo will be mmissed by all. He was the real deal. May he RIP.

    • My good friend I enjoyed our years of knowing each other,. We laughed and had good times. I will miss you so much as will Soo many family and friends. Soar high my friend. I will see you down the road. To his family I will keep u in my prayers and I am Soo sorry for ur loss

      Always – CC

  35. Love you ,gonna miss you, can’t say Thank you enough, Honored to know you , very fortunate to have you as a friend. you will be forever missed and forever remembered. If there’s a bar in heaven I’ll know where to find you. Love you Sambo Always!!

  36. This world lost a wonderful person r.i.p.

  37. Ed and Robin Brady

    Rest In Peace, Sambo.

  38. Ride the heavens my friend. God bless you.

  39. Angelanne Shilling

    I’m blessed to have known you. Thanks for all the great memories. You will never be forgotten. Much love and respect – Angelanne

  40. RIP Sambo. You were one of the very first people I met when I moved to Waco in 1989. I will always remember you.

  41. Oh the amazing memories.

    That infectious cackle and laugh.

    The honesty and the kindness.

    That smile.

    You were a Friend to all.

    You will be greatly missed!!!

    Love you Sambo….

  42. You made me feel so welcome with each visit. Your Canadian friend will miss you very much. Enjoy the ride my friend.

  43. Barefoot Shelli Nabors

    We’ve shared a trillion laughs and I will love you until there’s nothing…
    Meet ya in the next world…..
    Barefoot Shelli

  44. I will never forget the day we met and all the great times we had. RIP my friend.

  45. Elaine Gail Pena

    Hey Sambo it’s trouble I will miss you very much you always talked me out of making mistakes I can’t tell how many times but you were the best tell Frey hello and we miss the hell out of y’all it’s always the good die young love you RIP my friend

  46. Sambo it was an honor to have you as my friend not a day went by without infectious laughter big smile and all your crazy antics I will miss you R I P .

  47. Patti Ryan & Bill Moore

    To a Great Brother we miss you and Love u my BROTHER !!!! Fly and ride FREE. !!!!!!’ RIP !!!

  48. Robert & Lisa Warren

    To Sambo’s Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and in the days ahead. We had the great honor of being able to call him our friend. Fly high Sambo!

  49. Sambo,
    You crazy old fool! I’m making a giant bowl
    Of Pasta salad just for you!
    Luv ya and gonna miss ya!
    ❤ JoJo.
    Aka Moosehoof!

  50. Rest in peace my friend.
    I had the pleasure of working next to you for the few years we had Smoken Rayz. You taught me things I needed to know and some I probably didn’t! You were always there for me and anyone else that needed help because that’s who you were and what you did! Your memory will remain with me through my lifetime. Much love and respect to you Sambo! Til we meet again

  51. Nathan Coleman

    Sambo, one of my favorite people in the world, and the best f@$!”+# bartender ever known. You are greatly missed by all, more and more, by the minute. I remember like yesterday the day I told you you were the best bartender I’ve ever known or had…And your response? Fu## you MF, how’s that for the best. Never will I forget that. You were then and still are the greatest ever known, and a legend. One of the wisest full of the best knowledge men that I’ve ever met. I love you and thank you for every word you’ve shared with me. It meant so much to every time you told me you loved me. I knew every word of it was true and from the heart. I love you too brother. RIP

    “GEORGIOUS GEORGE”
    Nathan Coleman

  52. Go easy sammy rip

  53. RIP Sambo!
    Christina & John

  54. I’ll miss you, mongaloid. Sending you much love 🙂

  55. Sambo was one of a kind and his laugh will be missed by all who knew him! Samuel, I will always be grateful to your dad for bringing me to your home (from a bar) when you were still a baby, to meet my oldest and dearest friend, your Mom. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and many friends. Thank you for the video, it brought back some good memories!
    Love,
    Pam

  56. I was so fortunate to have afriend in you Sambo. Prayers for you and family.

  57. Sorry to read about the loss of Sambo. My best to Sherrie & her family.

    KEITH

  58. I enjoyed the screwdrivers! Thanks Sambo!

  59. Gonna be different not tracking you down from time to time. You were one the best friends I ever had. Thank you for the fun and the support. There will never be another you. Say hi to Butch for me and I’ll see you’ll again…..

  60. Matt and Annette Davis

    Our deepest condolences and may the Lord shine upon and keep you. Sambo’s witticisms and sage advice will be missed by any and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  61. gwen F breedlove

    Thank you, Sambo, for all the laughs…forever your friend…lizard.

  62. Janet Mitchell

    Rest In Peace Sambo

  63. Susie Gilleland

    So truly sorry. Sambo…you were one of a kind and you will be greatly missed by all who knew you!

  64. Tammy and Ricky Studer

    Sambo was one of a kind, his absence will be felt deeply by all those whose life he touched. Our prayers are with his family.

  65. Cindy (Fluffy) Sardina

    Damn..Sambo..you always told me I had the kind of ass you liked..with legs attached to it lollol..grinning through the tears. You always made me smile when you called me Fluffy or Peaches. Been in bar fights with you,late night insane breakfasts you concocted from the ground zero refrigerator at your house, lol and too many good times to count,but none are forgotten. Rest in peace you extraordinary man.. I will look forward to seeing you again someday😢

  66. So sorry 4/ your loss God Bless

  67. Connie Gilmore McDugal

    Sambo, you were one of a kind.just know youre up there with Big Gene, Fat Cat, Big Hank yelling old sstories..thanks for always bringing a smile to my face and everyone you came in contact with..tellem hello in Heaven for me.prayers for your family.

  68. Cherise Hernandez

    Sambo,
    Words cant describe, how missed you’ll bbe, forever in our hearts, always in our minds…. Many Memories…. Ride On…

    RIP
    Cherise

  69. Rhoda and Butch Heffelfinger

    0ur dear friend!! You will be missed! Rest in peace and we will see you on the other side.

  70. Blake Landfried

    Sambo, you scared the hell out of me when I first met you at DJ’s. But I’m so glad that I got to know the real you. I smiled throughout your memorial video, because you were such a nut! A very happy nut! You lived by your own rules and loved people with all your heart! You will be so missed, but will forever be in our hearts.

    My condolences to you, Samuel and family. I know he’s proud of you!

  71. Sambo was a One Of A Kind Friend of mine. My self & Everyone who knew him lost a great friend
    Who’ll be missed.

  72. Klif Hernandez

    R.I.P brother. Thanks for your support

  73. Tami Jo Ryals Shoquist

    Never forget all the laughs and fun times we had from back when you just arrived on stage Waco Tx . you were an awesome guy badass bartender and your memeories will be cherished by your army! Me you and Krazy Vicky never laughed harder than we did at Runts on some wild nights !Thank you from all of us!Until we meet again ! Ride high Sambo ill look for you in the clouds.. Love to the family you had one hell of a man! Sorry i didnt know until it was already done. May you find peace and comfort knowing hes still watching over his family. RIP SAMBO!!!
    Tami Jo Ryals aka Waco
    Wild Baby

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