A. Don Cook

October 24, 1933October 9, 2020

Alva Don Cook was born in 1933 to Theron Alva and Bertha Ray in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He died on October 9, 2020 at his home in Houston, Texas.

Don was a registered geologist with Dresser Industries for over 35 years. He was a loving husband to Betty Jordan Cook for 64 years.

Don was an avid hunter and a responsible gun owner. His family knew if the month had an r in it, he was hunting. He taught all of us to shoot a gun and respect firearms. He had a quick sense of humor and loved to tease and kid us all. You were given a nickname if you were in the inner circle. His head chauffeur and cook, partner through life was Queenie, followed by Little Bear, Little Bird and The Duke. Assisted by Andrewski, Big T, Brycee Boo, Sweet Pea & Buckshot. Neighbors were Col. Bob, Patsy, Cooney Beth and Jumpin’ Jeef from Pumpkin Creek. Nieces were Pamilla and Debbo in Arkansas. And favorite friends Katy Keene and Michael, Ester Jenette and Scott Kimble. Favorite saying, “ While you are up, will you get me….”

Don is survived by his wife, Betty Cook, his children Sharon Cook Cecil, Kathi Cook Hopkins, husband Andrew Hopkins and Don Mark Cook and his grandchildren Courtney Cecil Patillo, Jacob Patillo, Austin Taylor Cecil, Katie Cecil, Andrew Trevor Hopkins and Bryce Theron Hopkins.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 10 AM at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Fair Haven United Methodist Church Food Pantry for the thousands starving in Houston.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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Kim Hyatt

October 15, 2020

Jan and I send our deepest sympathy and love. Jan has so many fond memories and will continue to hold them dear to her heart.

Andrew Fraley

October 12, 2020

I didn't know Mr. Cook for very long, but I always knew him to a sweet and kind man. I know that he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all of us that knew him.

Cari Mills

October 12, 2020

Since I didn't have positive parenting role models of my own, seeing my friends parents doing parenting right was an important part of my growing to be a responsible and loving parent. Thank you Mr. Cook for being a fantastic example of how to love your children unconditionally. Your memory lives on in those you taught through example.

Debbie Zouzas

October 11, 2020

I loved Uncle Donnie. He was the best at everything. I cant list all my special memories of him, but one is when our grandfather (his dad) passed away. After the funeral the family went back to Pops house. Each of us grandchildren were asked if we wanted a special item from his older home. As my sister and cousins were gathering their treasures I had stated I would like to have the claw foot bath tub in the upstairs bathroom. My mom and dad were trying to explain to me that was not a real good choice. Uncle Donnie disppeared upstairs with a wrench in hand. It wasnt long that he announced to the group the bathtub was ready to be moved downstairs and out of the house. Thats the kind of guy he was..He was there for you no matter how big or small the need was. Jerry and I wish we could be there with Aunt Betty, Sharon, Kathi and Don M. We love each of you.
Uncle Donnie, I know we will meet again!!
Love you,
Debbie (and Jerry) aka Debbo aka Corn Curl

Pam Wadsworth

October 11, 2020

Such a wonderful, loving obituary for my Uncle Don! He was the best uncle I could ask for, and yes....he took me out to learn rifle shooting at a young age, too! Surprised myself and him too at how accurate my first (and only) attempt at skeet shooting was!! "Well Candy June !" he said!! That was the name he called me throughout my childhood. Debbie was "Corn Curl" for her pig tails. I never knew how he got Candy June but thats what he chose!

Will be thinking of my Aunt Betty and cousins this week. Mean old COVID scares are preventing our travel.

Love you all,
Pamilla aka Candy June


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