Lynden Ralph Cook

October 14, 1943June 3, 2019

Lynden Ralph Cook, 75 yrs, formerly of Pineville WV passed away June 3, 2019 in Durham NC due to complications from chemotherapy. Ralph was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer in February 2019. Visitation will be held 12pm-2pm Saturday June 8th at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley WV. Burial to immediately follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Ralph was born on Turkey Creek in Pineville WV. He attended school in Pineville and after brief stints in Baltimore MD and Ohio, Ralph made Pineville his home until 2011 when he and his wife, Janice, moved to Durham NC to be closer to their grandchildren. Ralph married Janice Waggoner, also of Pineville, on January 11, 1974. They were married for 45 years. Ralph enjoyed hunting, gardening and watching all sports - baseball, racing, football, golf and hockey. He fondly recalled the Cincinnati Reds and the times of the Big Red Machine. Ralph was partial to “winning” and this carried over into his card playing. Ralph and Jan spent many hours over the years in very competitive gin rummy games. Friends and family of Ralph will recall him as a good listener and a comical story teller. His stories always began with Ralph facing insurmountable odds and finished with deep belly-filled laughter. Ralph’s perseverance will be missed and he leaves us with many wonderful memories. Ralph is survived by his wife, Janice Waggoner Cook; son, Bryan “Rusty” Cook; daughter, Marilyn “Loopy” Griffin of Durham NC; and grandchildren: Ayla, Sophie and Harry Griffin. He is also survived by his sister, Lorene Hatfield, and sister-in-law, Peggy Cook. He is preceded in death by his parents, H. Wade and Nina Cook, and siblings: Ed Cook, Paul Cook and Merrilee Bailey; and wife, Judy. In lieu flowers, please consider a donation to your local hospice care facility.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019


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Jennifer McKinney Green

June 8, 2019

A great person with a great family.

Sue Cook Cline

June 6, 2019

I’m so sorry to here this . I have so many memories of our growing up and our schools years even though we went to different schools we were always gray friends and together with the turkey creek gang every weekend almost . Ralph was a special person , a great man , a true friend . He so loved his family . I missed you all when you move . He couldn’t wait to get down there with those grandchildren. He will forever be missed . I cherish the memories . I pray for comfort for the family . ❤️🙏