The Cook-Walden legacy of service began in the late 1800s when Samuel E. Rosengren opened a downtown funeral home in the 400 block of Congress Street and served the needs of Texas’ growing capitol until 1920. Charles B. Cook then purchased Rosengren’s business and opened an opulent three-story building which quickly became the largest and most prestigious provider of funeral and ambulance services in Austin. Cook continued the tradition of providing the finest in care and service in Austin for more than 50 years.
Charles Walden purchased Cook Funeral Home in 1971 and brought 30 years of dedication and service to Cook Funeral Home. Walden soon moved the funeral home from 11th
and Colorado to its new location on North Lamar Street where it continues to be an Austin landmark.
Walden soon acquired two adjacent cemeteries of North I-35 and continued to expand the Cook-Walden name in 1985 with the acquisition of Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Young Funeral Home in Florence and with the construction of Cook-Walden / Chapel of the Hills off 183 and Anderson Mill Road. In 1992, Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in the Oak Hill area became part of the Cook-Walden family and Cook-Walden joined the Dignity Memorial® provider network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service provider. The jewel in the Cook-Walden crown was added in 1997 with a new 17,000 square foot funeral home facility at Capital Parks Cemetery.
This spacious facility shines with the warm rustic elegance of the Texas Hill Country. The Memorial Chapel offers seating for 250 with a private family lounge and seating area. The four graciously appointed staterooms, guest lounge with an adjoining patio and fireside lounge ensure a fitting venue for any remembrance.
Cook-Walden continues to be a place of comfort and help to all those who call upon us. With five funeral homes and three cemeteries across the entire metro-area, Cook-Walden offers options to meet any family’s needs.