By Scott Buttram, publisher
PINSON –Cody “Big Country” Cole has died from injuries sustained in a car wreck just over a week ago.
The tragic wreck stunned the Pinson community just over a week ago when the vehicle Cole was riding in collided head-on with another vehicle. The Carson Road wreck in Fultondale sent Cole to ICU at UAB where he fought for his life.
The Pinson community rallied support for the popular 2015 graduate of Pinson Valley High School. That support and the prayers that accompanied it spread throughout northern Jefferson County, into neighboring counties and across Alabama as the story was picked up by statewide media.
The community that stood beside Cole’s family in prayer and support now mourns with them in his loss.
“His family feels so much love right now,” Lori Glover of Pinson said.
From the moment the news spread, friends in the Pinson community have rallied into action with support of Cole and his family. The 9th floor ICU waiting room at UAB has been packed with friends of Cole.
Clay restaurant, Papa Sal’s sent food while Alicia Pippen and others have arranged meals for family members during their stay at the hospital.
A Facebook page, “Prayers for Big Country,” had drawn over 7,445 likes by Tuesday morning. The page has been inundated with messages of support for Cole.
“Our community has completely engulfed Cody’s family with love,” Glover said last week. “I think that the best thing is to recognize the goodness that has overshadowed the dark.”
Glover said the tragic wreck has taken a backseat to the community’s focus on faith, Cole and his family.
“One person’s decision to drive drunk had the potential to completely break this family,” Glover said. “But instead, throughout the pain,God took over and goodness, love and faith have become the main characters in this story.”
“The family of Cody “Big County” Cole deeply appreciates all of the love, prayers and outpouring support being shown to them in their time of grief,” Alicia Pippin posted on Facebook. “At this time please allow the family some time to accept that Cody is now in the hands of our father. Please be patient and know that as soon as the family is up for visitors, phone calls, texts etc we will let you know.”