Gary C. Cole is an eleventh-generation American born in Dallas, Texas in 1943 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in 1965. He is a direct lineal descendent of two citizens of the Republic of Texas and is a great-great grandson of three Confederate Veterans - William Hardy Bennett, a Private in Co. B of the 19th Texas Cavalry Regiment, Richard Wesley Cole, a Private in Co. C, 5th Regiment Mississippi Calvary, and Davis Greene Chapman, a Private in the 18th Texas Cavalry Regiment.
He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and has authored three books about the War for Southern Independence - 12 APRIL, Three Hundred and Sixty-Six Days at Fort Delaware, and Riding With the 19th Texas Cavalry in the War West of the Mississippi 1862-1865.
He is a retired insurance company executive and served as past Chairman of the Texas Health Insurance Pool, past Chairman of the Texas Association of Life & Health Insurers, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Regions Bank-Tyler. He is an ordained Baptist Deacon and lives with his wife Betty on a small farm outside Bullard, Texas where they raise Registered Texas Longhorns.