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Cole Blease Epps

ROCK HILL -- Mr. Cole Blease Epps, 97, formerly of Oak Park Road, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A native of York County, Mr. Epps was born Oct. 23, 1910, a son of the William and Pearl Sutton Epps. He was a retired firefighter from Rock Hill Fire Department after 33 years of service retiring in 1975 as a Battalion Chief. Mr. Epps was a member of First Baptist Church in Rock Hill and was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Rose Critcher Epps and a son, William Kenneth Epps Sr.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Margaret Epps of Myrtle Beach; a daughter-in-law and caregiver, Jeanette Epps of Rock Hill; two brothers, Joel and John L. Epps, both of Fort Mill; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., today at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Epps will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday at the Chapel of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, with Rev. Charlie Lucas officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery with members of The Rock Hill Fire Department serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730; or Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

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Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is serving the Epps family.