Robert Gerald Cook

October 7, 1935March 4, 2019
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Robert Gerald Cook, 83 of El Dorado, AR; died on Monday, March 4, 2019 at UAMS in Little Rock, AR.

Born on October 7, 1935 in Newell Community; he was the son of James W. Cook and Lena Mae Roberson Cook who preceded him in death. Gerald was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was the former owner of Cook Jewelers. He enjoyed spending time with his family, deer hunting with his brother and friends, fishing with his father, exercising at Champagnolle Landing, having coffee with his coffee groups, and making people laugh. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army Reserves for thirty three years, and devoted much of his time helping with the St. Paul Food Pantry.

Survivors are his wife Belinda Gunnels Cook; a daughter Lisa Antoon (J.P.) of Atlanta, AR; a brother James D. Cook (Patsy) of El Dorado; grandchildren Crystal Davis (Cale) of Corpus Christi, TX, Shane Lewis (Kayla) of El Dorado; great grandchildren Reece Davis and Alec Lewis; two step granddaughters Taylor Antoon of Little Rock and Shelby Antoon of Port St. Lucie, FL; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm at Young’s Funeral Directors.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Friday, March 8, 2019 at St Paul United Methodist Church with Dr. Bubba Smith and Dr. David Bush officiating.

Interment will follow at Atlanta Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church Helping Hands Food Pantry, 700 West 8th St. El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online registry is available at


  • Cale Davis
  • Shane Lewis
  • Keith Cook
  • Bryan Hamilton
  • Austin Gunnels
  • Rob Gunnels
  • J. P.Antoon, Honorary
  • Lindsey Sims, Honorary
  • Mark Cook, Honorary
  • Jimmy Lawrence, Honorary


  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Burial Friday, March 8, 2019

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April Madding

March 12, 2019

Mrs. Cook, I am so sad to learn about the death of Mr. Cook. You are both so sweet and I know you will miss him tremendously. I am praying for you in the days and weeks ahead. With my sincere condolences, April Madding

Mary Mattern

March 9, 2019

Oh, Belinda, I'm so very sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. He was such a kind and generous man and will be missed by many. He always had a kind word followed by a great sense of humor. My daughters will be sad to hear this, also. Y'all were so good to them. My condolences to you and your family. I can no longer drive due to epilepsy, so I won't be able to make the services, but I will be there in spirit honoring Gerald's life! God bless you and your family! I love you, Mary Mattern

Linda Cameron

March 7, 2019

Belinda my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Gerald was such a fine man and always made people laugh. His work in the food pantry was so helpful and always making others feel good, Love to all and God bless and be with you

Terry & Betty Williams

March 7, 2019

Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.

Tony and Jennie Warrior

March 7, 2019

Belinda and family,
We are sending our deepest condolences. We pray that you feel Christ’s love and peace overflowing. That with each call, message, card, and offer of help be reminding that His actual hands and feet are physically here embracing you.
A memory I’d like to share is the time surrounding my engagement. My husband surprised me by taking a trip from LR to El Dorado to your jewelry store. We walked through the door and were met with the warmest and welcoming couple who honestly made us feel like family. You both were there with us almost 10years ago before our marriage and have celebrated with us throughout.
We are so saddened to hear of Mr. Cook’s passing. The ornament we have hanging from our tree will forever remind us of that special afternoon we spent with both of you.
We love you.

Bonnie Dykes

March 7, 2019

I work with Mr. Cook for almost 23 years and enjoyed it we have fun but we also work very hard. He will greatly be missed by a lot of people.

Bonnie Dykes & Family

David & Cynthia Hastings

March 7, 2019

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Cook. Praying for family and friends.

Steve Leverette

March 6, 2019

Belinda and family,

I just learned of Gerald's passing and want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and family. Although I've been away from El Dorado for many years, I recall sharing many fine times enjoying life with Gerald. A very fine man! I know St Paul Church, all his friends and family will miss him dearly. May God's love and comfort be with all of you during these difficult times.

Steve Leverette

Kenneth Bridges

March 6, 2019

The news of Gerald's passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. Certainly, God has welcomed his good and faithful servant into heaven. Gerald's faith and his servant's heart were an inspiration to us all. In business, he was a man of total integrity. When I proposed to Lynn, I knew Gerald was the man to see.

Gerald was a devoted family man. Everyone could see how much he loved Belinda. At church, he was a tireless worker, a leader that we all looked up to. I was proud to know him.

Our prayers are with Belinda and the whole family. I know that words cannot lessen the pain, but please know that our hearts are with you always.

Ken and Lynn Bridges and Family

Nancy Roberson Lachut

March 6, 2019

I have fond memories when as a child I sold Grit newspapers. The jewelry store was a regular route stop I always enjoyed. Gerald was always so nice and friendly, putting that painfully shy little girl at ease. I knew he was family, and realizing he was my dad's cousin, I always looked forward to seeing him at the jewelry store, family events, or just out in the community as he always remembered me and made a point to speak with me. That was the man he was - always with good words and a smile to impart. I will continue to treasure these precious memories.

I pray the Lord grants an abundance of comfort in this time of grief, and may you have joy in memories, yet greater joy knowing that he has made heaven a little closer as he is there anticipating seeing you all again.

Grace, peace, mercy, and love,