Maynard Cook

June 28, 1924December 29, 2013

Maynard was born June, 28, 1924 in Waverley, KS to Minerva McDaniel Cook and Edgar Cook. He was a “high school dropout” who went on to get his college degree from UTEP and became a fabulous teacher and tennis coach.

He enlisted in the Navy at 17 yrs. old, during WWII and rose to the rank of First Class Petty Officer during his 4 yrs. He served his country well with distinction in many parts of the world. After the war and discharge from the Navy, he returned to Oklahoma and took the GED test to obtain his HS diploma. In 1947, while working at the VA Hospital, he met his kind, compassionate, beautiful and brilliant wife, our mother, Bettye Anne Kavanaugh and they were married at Grace Episcopal Church on Nov. 22, in Muskogee, OK. He was commissioned in the Air Force as an officer in 1949, again serving his country in Alabama, California, overseas in the Korean War, and after having 4 children; Timothy, Julie, Vicki and Mark, continued serving in various countries where they lived: Athens, Greece; Chateauroux, France; & New Delhi, India. He instilled honor and integrity within the family, as well as the men he trained.

After retiring from the Air Force & obtaining his college degree (determined), he taught high school in Austin at the “old” L.C. Anderson High in East Austin and later at Lanier H.S.

He had such an abiding love for his 4 children, 8 grandchildren (whom he referred to as his “little share-croppers”) & 8 great grandchildren. He adored and worshipped his wife, our mother. They were inseparable and taught us all the true meaning of “unconditional love”. The love, pride, courage and generosity he shared with us is immeasurable and the emptiness in our hearts will linger forever and ever. None of us were ready for him to leave us but it was his time to go & be rewarded in Heaven for leading such an honorable, giving, loving, kind, caring life. He is the truest meaning of a Remarkable Man and the “last of the Greatest Generation”. He will be missed so much it is unexplainable. We lost him Sunday morning, Dec. 29th, 2013 at 89 &1/2 years old, & after 66 years of marriage to our wonderful Mother, Bettye Anne - “Red” as he affectionately called her. We will never be the same. God bless you Daddy and rest in peace. We love you so very much. He is survived by his wife Bettye; their sons Tim Cook (wife Beth, children Tiffany and Chris), Mark Cook (& wife LaWanda, children Billie Cook Daigle, Colt and Tyler); & their daughters Julie Gossett (&children, Jennifer, Shannon & Jake), and Vicki Cook Jones, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Cook Walden Davis Funeral home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Susan Chavers

July 13, 2014

Thank you Mr. Cook, for your service to this country, and for teaching the right way. You never gave us any slack and only ever expected from us our best. Thanks to for teaching me more than just the subject, but about the real world as well. You were truly one of a kind. R.I.P. You have earned it.

Ed Stevens

February 20, 2014

Maynard and I were colleagues at Lanier High School. He taught social studies and I taught math. We had a lot in common since we were both retired military.
He was a great teacher and friend. We had many laughs together.
May he rest in peace!
Ed Stevens
Major, USAF (ret.)

Alyson Arguijo

February 7, 2014

My husband and I were both students in his class at Lanier HS. We were "in love" - been married 37 years. We both remember Mr. Cook very fondly. He made class fun with his humor, and treated students with respect.

Stacy Whittemore-Wilber

February 6, 2014

Mr. Cook was one of my favorite teachers in my Lanier High years. I have thought of him often through the years and, again, as recently as last week. Had I known of his passing, I would have made it a point to attend his service.

Peace be with you all during this time of grief and healing. In deepest sympathy.

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

January 2, 2014

Thank you, Maynard, for your service to our country.

Karen and Bryan Carlson

January 2, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our prayers

Kathy Gossett

January 2, 2014

I married into the Leo and Carmen Gossett family in 1994 and met Maynard "Cookie" shortly thereafter. It was obvious to me that his family loved and cherished him as much as he did them.

I have heard many family stories about his days at Lanier HS, his students really liked him.

He attended all family events until he became ill. It was always entertaining to hear his stories.

I did not know of his colorful history and gained even more respect for him when I read his obituary and heard his family talk more about him at the funeral today.

We never "get over" losing a loved one but we can "get through" the grief and carry the wonderful memories as we move forward.

My heart goes out to all the family and friends who loved him, he will be missed.


January 2, 2014

Loved uncle Manard God bless Betty and kids. Gary, Sheri , and Terry, the Bishop clan

Gene Bruner

January 2, 2014

I "met" my good distant cousin through his kind notes to me written by Bettye regarding our shared Cook ancestry. It was so good of Maynard to want to be in touch and share informaton about his family. I am very glad I can say I know of you. It is wonderful you could share Christmas with him. His third cousin, my late dear mother lost her father on 29th Dec 1966. Grandpa Cook was only 63, but the shared date of loss is what seems to happen in our big family tree. My very best to you all and may the memories you cherish of your husband and father now make this New Year warm.

Betty Jo, Melanie, Meg, and Marianne Cook

January 1, 2014

We are praying for our Cook family of Georgetown. We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. We know Uncle Maynard was a strong and loving person, and our father, Bob had a very special love for his older brother throughout his lifetime. We give our deepest sympathies to you all.