Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
September 3, 1932 – January 25, 2018
James B. Cook, 85 of Columbia died at home surrounded by his children and grandchildren on January 25, 2018. The memorial presented by Reverend Francis, will take place on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 11:30am at Sacred Heart Church. A luncheon immediately following services.
Jim was born on September 3, 1932 in St. Louis to John Francis and Emma Kelly Cook. He was raised in St. Louis. In 1954 he was drafted into the US Army, serving in the 24th Evacuation Hospital SMBL (Semi Mobile Unit). On his GI bill he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University and then his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from St. Louis University. He received his Ph.D from the Walden University. On July 6, 1957 he married Annie Laurie “Bonnie” Waddock, who proceeded him in death. He worked in public administration for St. Louis county before accepting a position as an instructor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, from which he retired after 32 years. Preceded in death by parents John Francis and Emma Kelly Cook, two older brothers John and Edward Cook. Survived by four children, James B. Cook Jr (Julie), Pranny Whitesides (Dennis), Jody Cook, and Stephanie Johnson (Kevin), six adoring grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 27, 2018
February 11, 2019
Hello James B. Jr., Pranny, Jody, and Stephanie -
My condolences to the passing of your dad. I just learned of this when my Christmas card was returned. Jim was a friend and colleague for whom I had great respect. I always appreciated his great insight and wit. I always referred to him as The Honorable James B. Cook, Sr. and we had many wonderful times together. May the Lord comfort you in this time of grief.
Mark Peterson, Little Rock, Arkansas
February 18, 2018
Dr. cook , I was shocked when I was told that you are with your creator! You were a great teacher when I was in Department of Community Development. Great teacher indeed! We love you but God loves you most. RIP till we meet again!
February 7, 2018
Dear James B., Jr., Pranny, Jody, & Stephanie, We are so sorry to learn of your Dad's death. We considered him a special friend & will never forget the many times he made us laugh until our ribs hurt. Sincere condolences to all his much loved family from Jack & Dee Timmons. Beaverton, OR
January 30, 2018
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time (Psalm 119:50,76).
January 29, 2018
I had the pleasure of knowing Jim when he was a volunteer at Columbia Regional Hospital. I so enjoyed sitting with him at lunch and listening to his stories. He had a delightful wit and candor about him! My sincerest sympathy to his family.
Lisa and David Schenker
January 25, 2018
Jim was a friendly and welcoming neighbor when we moved onto Westwood Ave. In the years since he moved, we often saw Jim around town -- always cheerful, ready with a smile, and happy to remember stories from the days we were neighbors. Our sincere condolences to the family.
Cyndy and Jim Chapman
January 25, 2018
Jim will be greatly missed. He had a delightful way of telling very interesting stories. He was so proud of his family members. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
January 25, 2018
Sad to hear this. Jim fought a good fight all through life. Nice voice in the choir!!