John Thurston Cooke

July 11, 1927March 9, 2013

J. Thurston Cooke went to be with his Lord and Savior this morning, March 9, 2013. Living his life according to the Word and the Great Commandment, he proclaimed Christ to everyone he met. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from the U.S. Post Office. He was also founding member of Dallas Bay Baptist Church and was an elder and deacon there for twenty-five years.

He is survived by his wife, Joella Cooke, children and spouses: Becki and Rodney Smith, Tracy and Vickie Cooke, Bryan and Brenda Cooke, Terri and Gary Watson, and Cindy Julian,; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Edith Cooke, his brother Frank R Cooke Jr., his sister Virginia Lee, his granddaughter Courtney Spencer Smith, and his first wife Charlotte Cooke.

Visitation will be held at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel on Hwy 153 Sunday, March 10 from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm. Services will be given by Ken Duggan and Britt Watson at Dallas Bay Baptist Church on Monday, March 11th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Dallas Bay Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN, 37343. Please share your thoughts and Memories at


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Connie Davis-Baumann

March 14, 2013

Dear Mrs. Cooke & family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our hearts ache for your loss. Unfortunately, we did not know of Mr. Cooke's passing until today or we would have been there for his services. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.
The Davis & Sunderland Family

Christopher Crabtree

March 12, 2013

Rest in peace Uncle Thurston. I am sorry I couldn't make it to the services. I love you all.

Lee Rogers

March 12, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Thurston was such a sweet, kind man and always asked about my family when he saw me. He knew all about relationship with others. He was a friend to all he met and always had a kind word. He will be deeply missed!

Donna Starring-Smith

March 12, 2013

To the entire Cooke family, I would like you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. What a wonderful man. Mr. Cooke was. I always loved running into him at different times. He was such a joy to talk too. He will be missed by many but know he is in a better place

lynn posey

March 12, 2013

Heaven has received a glorious angel. Our entire family is keeping each of you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Lynn, BB and Evan Posey

Coleman & Darlene Armstrong

March 11, 2013

We love your whole family very much. We will miss Thurston. One of the nicest men we've ever known. He has always been an inspiration and example of a righteous man. May the sweet memories abide with you always & may God lead you by the still waters of His restoring peace.

Christine Schiltz

March 11, 2013

I worked with Thurston at Chattanooga State and truly loved him. He always made me smile and was one of the kindest men I have ever met. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Cindy Mosgrove

March 11, 2013

Oh how we loved Papaw Cooke! I cannot think of a more precious man. Your family means so much to our family! We will miss Thurston but know he is rejoicing in Heaven! We love you all!

March 10, 2013

We didn't get to know Thurston well since we'd been at DBBC for only a short time before moving to the Northgate campus. But from his demeanor and always kind words for us at Young at Heart dinners, he will be long remembered. Billy and Frieda Hart


March 10, 2013

Dear Bryan Cooke, The Flegel families thought and prayers are with you and the Cooke family dealing with the loss of your Father.

God Bless you all,

Judy and Frank Flegel