Former WTOC Anchor Johnny Cole Dies at 77

Longtime WTOC anchor and reporter Johnny Cole has passed away.

Johnny worked for 35 years on the air at WTOC. He worked the crime beat, anchored THE News at Daybreak, and of course, had his famous fishfinder stories.

Johnny wore a lot of hats during his time at WTOC, but is probably most famous for this saying, "Remember kids, get hooked on fishing, not drugs. 'Till next time, I'm Johnny Cole."

Johnny retired in 1999. His family says he died peacefully at Hospice House in Savannah around 4:30 Monday morning.

Thursday night, family and friends gathered at his memorial service for in Garden City. Memories, tears and quite a few laughs were shared, celebrating Johnny's life and times from TV news to racing, flying and fishing.

Johnny lost his battle with cancer this week. He was 77-years-old.

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