Mrs. Erma Jean Grant-Cole, 63, of Riverdale, Md., died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.  She was a native of Wilmot and a member of Cornerstone Church of God in Christ in Hillcrest Height, Md.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ricky Cole Sr.; her mother, Eula V. Tharp-Bankston and her father, J.R. Smith; her stepfather, Ordell Bankston; three brothers, James, Fred, and Curtis Ray Bankston; and one sister, Pearline Bankston-Parker.  

She is survived by five sons, Jawaski Grant, of Monroe, La., Carnell Grant, of Houston, Ricky Cole Jr., of York, Pa., Tabian Cole, and William Holmes and wife Candyse, both of Los Angeles; one daughter, Rickishia Green and husband Anthony, of York; two brothers, Norman Grant and wife Norma, and Alfred Pace and wife Elaine, both of Santa Rosa, Calif.; four sisters, Lillie Bankston, of Little Rock, Melvin Armstrong and husband, Cecil, of Greenbrier, Betty Jean Grant-Cape and husband Anthony, of Santa Rosa, and Sandra Fowler and husband Vincent, of Grandview, Md.; 17 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Graveside services were 11 a.m.  Sept. 12 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Albert Fenceroy officiating.  

Honorary Pallbearers were Patrick Cape, Vincent Fowler, Cecil Armstrong, Cleveland Parker, Ricky Cole  Jr., Anthony Green, Jawaski Grant, Carnell Grant, Dekevious Fowler, Traveion Fowler, Norman Grant, and Alfred Pace.


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