Vernon Thomas Cooksey

May 11, 1932September 21, 2020

Vernon Thomas “Bud” Cooksey, 88, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020 at his home in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born in Evansville, IN on May 11, 1932 to the late Wilbur Samuel and Mina Louisa (Burgdorf) Cooksey.

Bud was a retired Materials Manager of Whirlpool Corporation. He was a former president of American Production and Inventory Control Society, Bost Human Development Center, and Fort Smith Rose Society. His memberships include the following: Fort Smith Parks Board, Sword of Bunker Hill, AR Valley Antique Tractor Club, Consulting Rosarian, Lessing Masonic Lodge #464 (50 year), and Shriner with Egypt Temple (Tampa FL). He was a certified government driver for DAV.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Wilda Cooksey, Clarine James Heseman, and Mamylee Hamman.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Joyce “Joy” Cooksey; daughters, Sheila Goodfellow (Robert) and Suzanne Cowne (Neal); son, Bruce Thomas Cooksey (Cindy); sister, Kathleen Parker; grandchildren, Megan Cowne, Troy Cowne and Greyson Goodfellow; and several nieces, nephews, and family.

A private graveside service will be held at Bethlehem U.C.C. Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem United Church of Christ or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Condolences may be made online at


  • Sheila Goodfellow (Robert), Daughter
  • Suzanne Cowne (Neal), Daughter
  • Bruce Thomas Cooksey (Cindy), Son
  • Kathleen Parker, Sister
  • Megan Cowne, Granddaughter
  • Troy Crowne, Grandson
  • Greyson Goodfellow, Grandson
  • Wilbur Samuel Cooksey, Father (deceased)
  • Mina Louisa (Burgdorf) Cooksey, Mother (deceased)
  • Clarine James Heseman, Sister (deceased)
  • Mamylee Hamman, Sister (deceased)
  • Wilda Cooksey, Sister (deceased)
  • Several Nieces and Nephews

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  • A Private Graveside service will be Bethlehem UCC Cemetery


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Norma Teutsch Williams

October 6, 2020

So sorry to hear of Bud's passing. I had only got to talk to Bud once. I was given his number to call last fall. I told him I was collecting copies of old pics and stories of even our extended families. To put on for all to share, My plan was to come down from Indiana in March of this year but Covid hit. Our family connection is Thomas Peck & Naomi Cross, Daughter: Lilly Elizabeth Peck, married Sam Houston Cooksey, son: Wilbur Samuel Cooksek married Wilhelmina Louise Burgdorf, son: Vernon Thomas Cooksey.
Thomas Peck & Naomi Cross, Daughter: Agnes Grace Peck married Frank Hoffer Teutsch, son: Norman J Teutsch Sr married Hazel Ellen Roll, son:Norman J Teutsch Jr married Betty Dean, daughter: (ME) Norma Teutsch Williams. I have info and pic's to share about or family history. I have been uploading as much as possible on for all to share if you want to contact me, I can be reached at or 812-455-3610. please leave message subject Family History so I know it not a Junk call or email. I'm sorry about Bud, I really wanted to meet him.

joyce burgdorf vaught

October 4, 2020

sincere condolences from Joyce Burgdorf Vaught and family

Melanie Kluemper

October 3, 2020

I was so blessed to have an uncle like Bud!! I treasure the memory of our last visit. We toured Uncle Bud’s garden and the many varieties of day lilies he cultivated. We viewed genealogy that he had researched extensively. There are so many wonderful memories of family gatherings while growing up as well. What an honor and a privilege it was to spend time with him!


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