Cole Wyman Slusher

Cole Wyman Slusher, 23, of Newport News, passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Sunday, December 4, 2022, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday, November 29. 

Cole was born on July 11, 1999, in Newport News to Aaron and Keli (Mingin) Slusher. He attended schools in Newport News and York County and graduated from Menchville High School in 2017. He then went on to work in landscaping.

Cole was a very active person and loved being outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trips to the mountains and going to the beach. Cole played multiple sports growing up but found his greatest talent playing lacrosse. From the time he could walk, he loved going fast. His adventures went from skateboarding to driving go-karts, to four-wheelers, ATVs and cars. He was also a gifted artist and liked to build things.  

Cole had a contagious smile and baby blue eyes that would melt your heart. He was known for making friends wherever he went and was a stranger to no one. Cole was always helping others and loved his family and friends with his whole heart. He will be greatly missed and will never, ever, be forgotten. 

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Aaron and Keli, and his sister Kailen Slusher, also of Newport News. Cole will also be remembered by his paternal grandparents, Gary and Wanda Slusher of Newport News; his maternal grandparents, Angee and Wayne Torrence of Yorktown and Joe and Rhonda Mingin of Angier, NC; and his maternal great grandmother, Jean Carawan of Smithfield, VA. He is also survived by his godmother, Nikki Williams of Raleigh, NC; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends; his three best friends since childhood, Austin, Immanuel and Seth; and the family pit bull, Onnie.  

A private Celebration of Life will be held. 



  1. Emily

    I was blessed to know Cole and watch him grow up into a caring young man. His smile and spirit will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends for their loss.

  2. Wayne and Angee Torrence

    Papa and I will love and miss you ferever…. thank you for teaching us to be a Nana and Papa…. you will always be our sunshine, Scooter we love you.

  3. Aunt Karen and Uncle Steve

    Cole, you made us laugh a lot. Your best will be at the campground needing your bike tire pumped up. Knocking on the camper door and yelling, “Oh, Uncle Grinch. I need some help.” That Uncle Grinch stuck for a while! We love you and will look out after your mom and dad.

  4. Kent and Melody Hicks

    Rest In Peace Cole. Another precious soul taken way to soon. May God have a place in Heaven for you to spread your wings and fly. We pray for peace and grace for the entire family.

  5. Pam Leadbetter

    I met your son years ago through my daughter Hannah on a Washington DC trip. He was an amazing young man who kept me laughing. His smile was contagious. He will be greatly missed! Prayers for your whole family!

  6. Serena Chambers

    I love you baby boy I’m so grateful to have spent the whole summer by your side. Since the first day we met during 8th grade summer we instantly connected our friendship and bond only grew stronger over the years. Please say hi to Dallas for me and please watch over me and September. I love you forever.

  7. Gary and Wanda Slusher

    On Dec. 4, 2022, a band of angels slipped into a room at Riverside Hospital and took our precious grandson by the hand and carried him away to his heavenly home. Words can never express our loss. Only our hearts will know..One day we will meet with him in heaven and what a grand reunion that will be…we love you, Cole❤❤ Forever your Pawpaw and Mawmaw…

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