Charles (Chuck) Cecil Cooksey

March 20, 1918March 16, 2013

Charles (Chuck) Cecil Cooksey, 94, of Fort Smith died Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was born March 20, 1918 in Low Gap, AR to the late William A. Cooksey and Jettie M. Cooksey. He was a retired bus driver for Jefferson Lines and an Army Veteran of World War II and The Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence Harris Cooksey. He is survived by his wife Mary Imelda Cooksey; a daughter Linda Berkowitz (Jim) of Fayetteville, GA and three sons, Bill Stanton (Mary Jo) of Sherwood, AR; Mike Stanton (Trish) of Fort Smith, AR; and Pat Stanton (Donna) of Fort Smith, AR; nine grandchildren: Jay Berkowitz, Kyle Berkowitz, Abbe Fenimore, Jenny Zerbe, Caleb Stanton, Caitlin Taylor, Colin Stanton, Cody Stanton, and Loren Stanton; two great-grandchildren Jordyn Berkowitz and Braden Zerbe. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, he and his wife Imelda spent many enjoyable outings together on the golf course and at their favorite fishing spot on Lake Ouachita. He served three years as an enlisted man in an infantry unit as a Platoon Sergeant serving on Palau Island. He received a battlefield commission in New Caledonia in March 1945 and served on The Philippine Islands and occupation duty in Japan as an Infantry Unit Commander. His awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star with "V" device, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, and one Bronze Arrowhead, The World War II Victory Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Christ The King’s Little Stone Chapel with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, AR. Pallbearers will be Jay Berkowitz, Kyle Berkowitz, Caleb Stanton, Colin Stanton, Cody Stanton, and Ret Taylor. There will be a viewing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 9:00 A.M until service time at Christ the Kings Little Stone Chapel. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Ft Smith Mercy Hospice. To place an online tribute go to


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Duane Miner

March 18, 2013

Mr. Cooksey was a kind hearted, soft spoken man who enriched the lives of everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Cooksey and all of the Cooksey family. God bless you all.

Laura Landreth

March 17, 2013

My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with Abbe Fenimore, her dad Bill Stanton, her sister Jenny Zerbe and the entire Cooksey, Stanton, Berkowitz families during this time of loss and grief. My respects to Charles Cooksey for his service to our country and the legacy he leaves behind. May God Bless and comfort you all.