(Nov. 28, 1911 – Jan. 20, 1988)
State Bar President, 1963-1964
The 83rd President of the Bar of Texas was Buster Cole of Bonham.
Before being elected to the presidency in 1963, Cole had served as
chairman of the Board of Directors and as vice-president.
In addition to the State Bar, Cole belonged to the American Bar and
Fannin County Bar Associations and was a member of the A.B.A.'s
standing Committee on Education about Communism. As President of the
State Bar of Texas, he initiated the establishment of the
"Lawyers' Weekly Letter," supported the continuation of
legal-education endeavors by the Bar, and strengthened the Texas Bar
Buster Cole was born in Saltillo, Hopkins County, Texas, on November
28, 1911, to Virgil E. and Nettie B. Cole. He graduated from
Hardin-Simmons University with a B.A. degree in 1932; and after
studying law privately for a year or so, he was admitted to the Texas
Bar in 1933. He began his law practice in Bonham, later working with
Cunningham, Cole & Southerland and then Cole & Moss. From
1935-1939 Cole served as county attorney, which at that time was the
sole prosecuting official in Fannin County. He was a Baptist, a
Democrat, and a Mason. He married Lena Mae McClure in 1936, and they
had one son and one daughter.
During World War II Cole entered the U.S. Army in 1942 as a private.
For about two years he was stationed in England and Iceland as an
intelligence agent w1th the old C.I.C. In the early part of 1944 he
attained the rank of staff sergeant and was selected to attend the
Judge Advocate Candidate Officers School at the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor. He graduated as a first lieutenant and then served for a
while as an associate judge advocate at Fort Hood, Texas. Late in the
war he was transferred to the Judge Advocate General Department in New
Delhi, India, and remained there until his discharge in 1945.