William Lloyd Cook II

October 20, 1955November 17, 2020

William L. Cook II, of El Dorado died November 17, 2020, after a sudden illness at his home at the age of 65.

Cook was very involved in historic preservation in the state. He had served as a founding board member to Heckatoo Heritage Foundation as treasurer, the South Arkansas Historical Foundation as president, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas as secretary, treasurer, and vice-president, and nationally on Preservation Action's board. He was an active member of the Washington County Historical Society, Quapaw Quarter Association, Arkansas State Capital Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as those organizations on which boards he had served. In 1986 Cook served as Chairman of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Committee for Union County and in 1988 on the committee for the 200 Anniversary of the Constitution.

Cook was a Certified Public Accountant associated with the firm, William P. Cook & Associates, PLLC. Mr. Cook's work in his professional organizations matches that of his volunteer work. Cook served on the Board of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he further served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and then President in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Cook also served on the Council for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He took great pride in his work in his home community of El Dorado. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado, where he had served as both Deacon and Elder. Cook was a member of the El Dorado Kiwanis Club, having served on its board, then as president in 1988-89 and 2019-20, and treasurer for over ten years. Other community service included serving on the founding boards of both the KBSA Advisory Board and the Union County Community Foundation Board. Cook proudly served on the Arkansas Alumni Association, Inc board of directors from 2009 to 2012.

Cook was born on October 20, 1955, to William P. and Jane Christopher Cook in El Dorado. He maintained his residence in El Dorado till his death. He was a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Cook Johnson, brother-in-law, J.T. Johnson, and niece, Holley Elizabeth Johnson, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Also surviving are W.L.'s special family, Don Marr, Anthony McAdoo, and Clint McNutt, along with numerous cousins and his very large family of close friends.

Visitation, following social distancing guidelines, will occur on Monday, November 23, 2020, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado. A limited capacity memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Howard Gordon and Rev. David Stipp-Bethune officiating. The memorial service will be streamed live on the church’s Facebook page. Private interment services will be held after the memorial service in Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

Honorary pallbearers are the past and present members of the boards of the Union County Community Foundation, South Arkansas Historical Foundation, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, and the El Dorado Kiwanis Club.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Community Foundation for the William L. Cook II, Historic Preservation Fund to benefit historic preservation throughout the state. Donations can be made online or by mail at ACF, 5 Allied Drive, Suite 51110, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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Nella Bidwell

November 23, 2020

Bill was such a fine young man during the time I taught him at Hugh Goodwin Elementary School. I was so blessed to see him as a successful and caring adult. My thoughts and prayers are with the MANY people who lives he touched.

Nella Bidwell, 6th grade teacher; 1st Presbyterian Church member

Kelly Campbell

November 23, 2020

I met WL here at SAAC after I came to work here almost 13 years ago. He was a funny, big hearted, smart, kind man - and I will miss him. May happy memories and God's grace sustain his family.

Karen Ratcliff

November 23, 2020

Our hearts go out to Nancy, Jon, Susan and everyone at William P. Cook and Assoc. What a lovely man W.L. was! I can't imagine not seeing that smile and hearing "It's aaalll good..." He had a character and quality that can't be replaced. I will dearly miss those gentle bear hugs of his. Our condolences to his family, co-workers, and many, many friends. Such a Southern gentleman.

Garran Barker

November 23, 2020

I met Bill 46 years ago at Hendrix College. He has been a close friend since. Trips together, meals together and hours of conversation. Bill was a genuine , true and loving friend. The Christmas meals with Bill and his friends, first like banquets, then at his condo, were something Debbie and I always looked forward to. They were special in so many ways. I’m deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. I’ll miss you Bill. God’s Blessings on your family.

jim pfeifer

November 23, 2020

It is a shock to learn of the passing of Bill Cook. Ever friendly, ever generous, a good heart and I am grateful to have known him. More people like Bill will make a better world. Will miss his ever friendly smile and good cheer. rip old friend.

Carol Easley

November 23, 2020

Dear Nancy, Holly and JT
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Praying you have peace and comfort during this time celebrating your brother's life today. Love you all,
Carol Easley

Josh Parker

November 22, 2020

WL, my first memories of you were in our pool when the church youth group would often come out to swim. You were always such a ball of positivity, kindness, and love. Everyone was glad they met you. You gave me my first job and taught me what hard work was. I realized very quick that I never wanted to be a CPA. However, you were a great boss and even better human, I ended up working for you all through high school. I'll never forget everything you did for me. You treated me, and my family, like your own.

Rest well my friend, I can only hope that I can make an impact as big as you did.

Janis Strunk

November 22, 2020

Bill, thank you! You opened your home to our son for his Senior year, housed our daughter for the summer after her Senior year. And, always had room for me (and a claw foot bathtub) when I visited. We were born 34 days apart and you often reminded me that you were my elder. Once when Larry+I left there, your greyhound “Ghost” became ours. Such a cherished gift he was. Our time at the Sugar Bowl and wandering New Orleans with you is a great memory. One of my favorite photos from Chris+Danielle’s wedding is one with you and them; of course you made that trip for “Son.” You - always giving, always caring. Rest well.

Wolfgang Volk

November 22, 2020

Bill, you offered me a place at your table and treated me as a son when I had the privilege of staying with you and your family. Thank you for this wonderful time, your humor and your friendship. I will tell our story to my son when he is old enough. My thoughts are with you Nancy, JT & Holly.

Kiesha Morgan

November 22, 2020

I know he loved Razorback football just as much as I did, so when I was invited to attend a game with him and his family two years ago in Little Rock I was very honored!
He was a very kind and giving man!! He will truly be missed!! I’ll eat a spudnut for you tomorrow WL!! ☺️