Donnie will lie in state from 3:00 - 7:00pm with family members here to greet visitors.

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Donnie "Paw Paw" Earl Cook

17 septembre 194922 avril 2021
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Mr. Donnie “Paw Paw” Earl Cook, age 71 of China Grove, passed away suddenly as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Stanly County. Born September 17, 1949 in Cabarrus County, Donnie was the son of the late Brady Clarence Cook and Margaret Hileman Cook. Donnie was a member of Mt. Mitchell Methodist Church in Kannapolis.

After graduating high school, Donnie proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force earning the rank of Sargent and then continued his service with the North Carolina Air National Guard, serving a total of 35 years with both. After his service, Donnie spent his career working in maintenance in the aviation industry. More recently, at the Stanly County Airport. He was one of the kindest, most humble, selfless and caring people you would ever meet. Donnie had a servant’s heart and would do anything, for anyone, anytime. He was a generous friend, a truly loving and devoted husband to his precious wife, Billie Ann and a true family man. Donnie was a Master Mason and belonged to the Freemason at the Cannon Memorial Lodge for over 25 years. He was also involved with the Cabarrus Shriners Club Fraternal Organization. Donnie was such a well thought of gentleman that a building at the Stanly County Airport – Air National Guard was named in his honor. It reads…..”Paw Paw” Cook, what a legacy to leave behind.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Billie Ann; his step-sons, James Allen Hunter, Jr. (Donna) and Darrell Eugene Hunter (Angie). He also leaves behind his two brothers, Clarence Cook and Bernard Cook and sister, Mildred Cook. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, Miles Allen Hunter, Chase Erin Hunter, Daniel Thomas Condrey and Traci Condrey Carlson along with five great-grandchildren.

Donnie will Lie in State from 3:00 – 7:00pm on May 4, 2021 at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove with the family receiving of friends from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Funeral Service will follow in the Chapel at 7:00pm. Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will take place at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Salisbury National Cemetery. The family has requested you kindly remember Donnie with memorials in his honor to the Shriners Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.linn-honeycutt.com. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. “Paw Paw” Cook.


  • Lie in State

    mardi, 4 mai , 2021

  • Visitation with Family

    mardi, 4 mai , 2021

  • Funeral and Going Home Service

    mardi, 4 mai , 2021

  • Graveside Service with Full Military Honors

    mercredi, 5 mai , 2021


Donnie "Paw Paw" Earl Cook


Kelly Dennard

7 mai , 2021

I work at Porkys in China Grove. Mr Cook would come to the takeout window and we would always chat. I could tell he was a good man and always enjoyed chatting with him. I’m going to miss him as I know there will be an empty spot in the family. My condolences.

Connie Schagunn

4 mai , 2021

Donnie and I was second cousins. His father was my grandfather brother. We would visit the family when we were young children and play jacks. It was years later when I reconnected with Donnie. We were both in the Air Force stationed in SEA. I was a nurse.
Donnie found me and we spent several fun filled lunches at the quad. I'd bring lunch from the snack bar and he would share stories about the family. It was a comfort when your away from those you love to have the opportunity to share time with family. As with life he returned to the states 6 months before me and again we lost contact. My deepest condolences to his passing. My prayers are with you and all the family.
Connie Cook Schagunn

hubert ledford

4 mai , 2021

Donnie and I worked together for several years at the Guard Base.
It was always a lot of fun working with him. He was a truly expert on fuel trucks and taught me a lot. He and I drove an old wrecker to Savannah for training one time and it was noisy but Donnie made it seem as if we were in luxury vehicle, at least for a few minutes. I will truly miss him but I will always keep his memories with me.

Msgt. Hubert Ledford


3 mai , 2021

Rode in a vanpool to the Air Guard Base for many years with Donnie. He was always upbeat, and provided a lot of entertainment as we spent our time commuting to Charlotte. So sorry for your loss. He was certainly a special fellow to all who knew him. It will be my honor to escort Donnie to the Salisbury National Cemetery on Wednesday as part of the Patriot Guard Riders. There we will stand with our American flags as he receives the military honors he so richly deserves. RIP Paw Paw.

Matthew Eremie

30 avril , 2021

I would like to send prayers of warmth and comfort to Donnie's family. I worked with Donnie in 2017 at the Stanly Airport. He was a true blessing to work with, and I really enjoyed talking to him. He always had a piece of wisdom to talk about, and he is someone who has remained in my thoughts to this day.

Peace and blessings,

Matt Eremie

Becky Broadway

29 avril , 2021

Oh how this hurts! I worked with Donnie "Paw Paw" for 19 years at the Airport but more than that he was my friend for even longer. He was one of those people that you know in your heart you will always remember. I have enjoyed hearing from his family since his passing about how much he was loved by all of them and I assured them he was loved probably just about as much by his airport and NCANG family. He never met a stranger and he always had a way of making you feel like he really cared about hearing about your family as much as he liked to talk about his family. And yes he sure liked to talk. I love you Paw-Paw and I will miss you forever.


29 avril , 2021

Condolences to and prayers for the entire family of Donnie Cook. Peace of Christ.


Rick Day
Chip Dukes

Dan Anderson

28 avril , 2021

I consider myself blessed to have met Paw Paw and have had known him for 18 years. I always looked forward to seeing him every year I traveled to the 145th RTS. There was never a lack of conversation when we met up. I will always have the fondest memories of his friendship.

SMSgt Dan Anderson

Fred Hamilton

28 avril , 2021

I had the privilege of working with Donnie at the NC Air National Guard for many years. I certainly appreciated his dedication to duty and his friendly personality. He will surely be missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and love ones.

Lt Col (Ret) Fred Hamilton

Chip Bennett

28 avril , 2021

I have been flying out of Stanly County Airport for more than 30 years. Since Donnie "Paw Paw" has been working at the airport I have had the pleasure of his stories, smiles, and getting know him over the last years. He was Always kind and Happy and I will personally miss him there to help me with fueling my airplane or simply just hearing about his life. May god bless the family and know he will be missed greatly.

Chip Bennett N81006