“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12
Charles Edward Cook, Jr., 74, of Johnson City, TN, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, passed from this earth into the arms of his Lord, Jesus Christ late Saturday evening, November 5, 2011 after suffering a heart attack. He was doing what he loved so much, hunting in the beauty of the Virginia mountains enjoying God’s creation with his son and grandson.
Mr. Cook was a native of Wyoming County, West Virginia, a son of the late Charles Edward Cook, Sr. and Sadie Hawks Cook. He had lived at several locations, but spent most of his life on Claytor Lake, Virginia before moving to Johnson City, TN in 2003.
He held a degree in Business Administration from Concord College in Athens, WVA and worked for Burlington Industries for 28 years before retiring. He owned and operated Dublin Florist and Valley Florist in Virginia for 14 years and was the current owner of Cook Enterprises.
In Virginia, he served two terms of elected office for the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. He was past president of Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and member of the Chamber executive committee, New River Valley Economic Alliance, past president of Pulaski Encouraging Progress, Board of Directors for the Peppers Ferry Water Treatment Authority, Chairman of Randolph Park Steering Committee and Friends of Claytor Lake.
While in Virginia, Mr. Cook and his wife, Shirley were active members of Dublin United Methodist Church. He was a Shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge. In Tennessee, he was the Chairman of the Lakes Committee for the Hunter’s Lake Association. He was an elder and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Mr. Cook is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Shirley Graham Cook; daughter Michele Cook King and husband, John Chad, Johnson City, TN; one son, Charles Edward “Chuck” Cook, III and wife, Amy, Dublin, VA, five grandchildren, Joshua Michael King and wife, Hillary, Atlanta, GA; Lauren Bethany King, Johnson City, TN; Sarah King Farrow and husband Lucas, Greensboro, NC; Charles Edward “Chase” Cook, IV, and Ashley Elizabeth Cook, Dublin, VA.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cook was predeceased in death by one sister, Eloise Cook Farley of West Virginia. He is also survived by a brother Duane Cook and wife Sharon, Greenville, SC and a sister Dana Cook Edmonds of Virginia and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive guests from 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 8, 2011 until a Celebration of Life Service at 12:00 noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, TN. Committal service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton WVA. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. Reverend James Richter will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua King, Chase Cook, Lucas Farrow, Bobby Caldwell, Sonny Watson, Anthony Akers, Lynn White, Ronnie Burchett, Dr. Jack Lewis, Dr. Bruce Fariss, Larry Wilcox and Joe Morgan. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Deacons Benevolence Fund, 2343 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City, TN 37604. Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171 is serving the family.