They were married on Oct. 5, 1973, at Rich Acres Freewill Baptist Church, Johnson City, by Pastor Gilbert Able.
Mrs. Cole is the former Zeola Blevins.
The couple are the parents of two daughters, Lori Royston and husband, Travis Royston, and Lisa Hayes and husband, Matt Hayes.
They have three grandchildren, Kaysi, Caleb and Cash Royston.
The couple will celebrate their anniversary with family.