Our History

Celebrating 100 Years
A pillar of the community, the James H. Cole Home for Funerals has a storied past chockfull of faces and names, laughter and tears, family and friendship. The business owes its beginnings to the grandson of a freed slave, James H. Cole Sr., whose curiosity, entrepreneurial spirit, and work ethic birthed a Detroit icon.
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our Events #Cole100


Legacy Breakfast

The Cole family kicked off the Centennial year of celebrations with the Legacy Breakfast on April 18, 2019 at the Northwest Activities Center. This event was sponsored by Fifth-Third Bank and was our springboard into the year’s festivities.

#Cole100 Family Festival

The #Cole100 Family Festival was a free event held Sunday, July 21, 2019, in the rear of our W. Grand Blvd location. This event was sponsored by the NAACP, and featured live music, entertainment, food trucks, children’s games, petting zoo, and a Health Pavilion sponsored by Henry Ford Health System.

Centennial Grande Gala

The Centennial Grande Gala was held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Roostertail on Detroit’s riverfront. This was a formal, black-tie event, with an Afterglow headlined by Grammy nominated Soul singer Dwele.

About James H. Cole

Fourth Generation, Family Owned and Operated
In 1919, James H. Cole began a tradition of service to the Detroit community. Over 100 years later, Metropolitan Detroit families continue to overwhelmingly trust us during the most difficult of times. The fourth generation, family owned and operated funeral business, continues to offer the highest quality of service at the most competitive price in the marketplace. Families understand and appreciate that during these difficult times, we are consistently here for them, and they continue to choose us to receive compassionate care with an attention to detail.
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