G.W. (George) Cook Jr., age 73, of Pittsburg, died at 11:40 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2007 at his home.
He was born February 22, 1933 at Memphis, Texas, to George W. and Fernetta Sylvia Baker Cook. As a boy, he moved with his family between ranches in West Texas where his father was worked as a foreman for many of the big ranches in the area. When he was 11, they moved to Chickasha, Okla. He attended and graduated from Middleburg High School in 1953. He later attended Pittsburg State University.
Mr. Cook served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from March 20, 1953 until March 8, 1957.
On September 26, 1959, he married Charlotte Laughlin at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg. They moved to Pittsburg in 1961 from Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mr. Cook worked for the City of Pittsburg for 32 years at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Membership was held in the First Church of the Nazarene, VFW, American Legion, and Help Now Hotline at Pittsburg State University. He was also the groundskeeper and custodian for the First Church of the Nazarene for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Cook of the home; four daughters, Cheryl Diane Kipp and her husband, Chris of Edwardsville, Rebecca Cloe and her husband, Brad of Chandler, Ariz., Cathleen Garrison of Pittsburg, and Andrea Rene' Scott and her husband, Jeff, of Fort Scott; two brothers, Willis Cook of Napa, Idaho and the Rev. Danny Cook of Weatherford, Okla.; three sisters, Georgie Duffy and Jane Johnson, both of Petrolia, Texas and Jimmie (Betty) Martin of Fort Smith, Texas; and 12 grandchildren, Robert K. Docherty IV and wife, Katie, Elizabeth Ann Black and husband, Drew, Ryan M. Kipp, Ashley M. Commons, Danielle R. Commons, Lance A.R. Thompson, Breanna K. Cloe, Cole L. Hamblin, Hope G. Hamblin, Jeffrey C. Scott, Hanna R. Reel-Scott, and Emma I. Scott.
His parents, and a brother, David Cook who died in 1956, preceded him.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Brenner Mortuary, with the Rev. Jim Sukraw officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Park Cemetery, where the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64 will provide flag folding ceremonies.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday. The family suggests memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene, which may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.