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Berry Highland West

9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Zachary Allen Cook

May 28, 2000December 30, 2019
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Zachary Allen Cook His name means "the Lord remembers" He was definitely one chosen and uniquely set apart for the LORD God. He was one with high standards and a strong sense of justice. His character was pure and his heart was genuine. He was never fully understood by this world, but is with Jesus Who made him and fully understands him. He was filled with wisdom and applied it in all areas of his life. Graduating with highest honors from Paideia Academy in 2018, he entered UTs honors engineering department and worked faithfully as a research assistant in that same engineering department. He also served the city of Knoxville with much pride as an explorer. He loved giving to others and being of service.

He is survived by his brothers Jacob Scott Cook and Nicholas Lynn Cook and his mother Alberta (Allie) Cook and father Robert Allen Cook. Aunt Shawna Cook, Aunt Michelle Smallwood (husband Jeff), Aunt Holly Campbell (husband Juan), Grammie Jane L. Cook, great Aunt Chart Short, grandfather Leonard (Doc) Satterfield, and grandmother (who proceeded him and awaited him and greeted him in heaven, Diana R. Satterfield), cousins Megan Thompson (husband AJ, children) Lara Glen (son), Matthew Mahan (wife Carrie, children Mollie and Conner), cousins, Tomi Campbell and Vincent Campbell, and great Aunt Sue Owens.

Zachary’s family will receive friends on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm with his funeral service at 2:00pm at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN .Graveside service and interment will immediately follow in the Berry Highland West Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Graveside Service and Interment Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

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Eunice Norris

January 5, 2020

I am saddened I was out of town and out of internet service to be able to attend the service for Zach. I prayed with a hurting and hopeful heart for the Cooks as soon as I heard the news. We have attended so many church and family gatherings with the Cooks and their extended family. Allie took care of my kids when I was in the hospital. Allen is my “go to” guy if I have any law enforcement questions. I rejoice with Allie in her FB post today that Zach is with Jesus for all eternity. I love my chats with Allen’s mom at the optical center - we always laugh together...... What a glorious and eternal family reunion Jesus has provided for all who are adopted into God’s heavenly family. The rest of us still running the race of life look forward to seeing Zach again at the finish line. What an eternal and tearless party that will be. My prayers for the family as they remember, celebrate Zach’s life, and grieve in their various ways. God/Jesus/Holy Spirit the great comforter and counselor is with us all. 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏼

Dan Kleckley

January 4, 2020

So deeply saddened about Zachary. He was an incredible young man who blessed us all each time we were around him. Although now he is an angel in heaven, his spirit and strength will live on in everyone who knew him. Praying for God’s comfort and peace to be with you all. We are here for you anytime and anyhow. – Dan, Kim, Eric, & Megan Kleckley

Todd Foster

January 4, 2020

Deepest Sympathy

Melanie Griffin

January 3, 2020

I am so grieved to hear of your family’s loss. My heart is saddened. But when I remember Zach, I remember his joy and enthusiasm for learning and life. I was so privileged to be able to teach him for a short while and to watch his mind race ahead of everything we learned. I remember one time he came to the science fair meeting when he didn’t have to, just because he thought it was cool. And I was also privileged to watch his personality grow through struggles as it reflected his strong beliefs. I know his parents were behind this. He reminded me so much of you, Allie, and we will all miss him. Praying for your family.

Bobbie McClain

January 3, 2020

My dear friend Allie,
While I did not have the pleasure of meeting Zach, i have a great picture of the beautiful person he was from your stories and from your heart. My deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family.

With love,
Bobbie McClain

Ashley Farrington

January 3, 2020

My heart is absolutely breaking for the Cook family. I will always remember how much it made me smile to see Zach, Jacob and Nick pull into school together while sitting side by side in their truck. It always made think that it had to be such a special way way to start the day - with your brothers by your side. I never got the privilege to teach Zach, but every time I spoke to him he always had such interesting and intelligent things to say. The world has certainly lost a bright light. I am earnestly praying for Allie, Allen, Jacob and Nick.

Chris Wetteland

January 3, 2020

I feel so very fortunate that I got to know Zach, even though it was only for a short time. He possessed the rare qualities of a brilliant mind, intertwined with a creative, polite, friendly, and caring personality. Zach explored every concept we examined in class to its fullest and his enthusiasm was contagious; he made everyone better who got a chance to work with him.

It took all of about two class periods to recognize that Zach was going to be a Rock Star in our department. I tried immediately to place him into a research position, but he was already doing great working with composite materials in Civil Engineering.

But, what I will remember most about Zach is his smile. His genuine smile greeted you long before you reached handshaking or speaking distance. The whole of all good qualities we want in our children and students was wrapped up in that smile. He will be greatly missed.

Austin Dennis

January 3, 2020

Zach was a fellow brother of mine in our engineering fraternity at UT, Theta Tau. Zach and I weren’t close friends but I knew him decently well and the one thing that always stood out to me from the beginning was his willingness to stand up for what he believed in. In an environment where there’s people older than you, it can be difficult to raise questions or go against the grain, especially as a freshman. Zach was the exception. I’m 4 years older than Zach, and yet he wouldn’t hesitate to raise his hand in meeting and question me at times if he thought it went against what he thought was correct. That level of integrity and inner strength is really rare to see in any person, but to have that at 19 years old is particularly special. I hope that throughout my life, when my integrity is questioned, I’m able to summon the same level of courage and inner strength that Zach exemplified so often and seemingly effortlessly, and hopefully I can look back on his memory and find that strength to unapologetically do what I feel is right, at all times.

My thoughts go out to Zach’s family. I can’t begin to imagine how hard it is to have lost such a wonderful young man like Zach so soon, but I hope you find solace in knowing the profound touch he had on all of those around him.

Stephanie Goering

January 3, 2020

Would have been so honored to know such a terrific young man!

So grateful he is with his Lord and Savior today!

Courtney Hudson

January 2, 2020

To the Cook family,
I’m so thankful for the time I got to know Zach. From the moment I met him, I saw how brightly his servant spirit shined. Through working with him at Chick Fil A, we made so many inside jokes and became very close friends. We spent so much time talking, texting and FaceTiming, and he became one of my best friends. We were different in so many ways, but we knew we always had each other to turn to no matter what. Zach was the most caring person I ever met. His heart was full of joy and brought happiness wherever he went. He was someone who radiated Jesus’s love no matter what was going on in his life. His servant heart and willingness to drop anything for the people he loved inspires me and always will. Zach would’ve been the best engineer and was one of the smartest people I ever met. The world is so much better because he was here, and heaven is even better now that he’s there. He was truly one of a kind, and I’m so lucky I got to know him. I’m so heartbroken for your family, and I send my deepest prayers and condolences.

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