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McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Jeffrey Brian Cooke

June 7, 1973January 7, 2020
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Jeffrey B. “Jeff” Cooke, 46, of Mint Hill, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by family. Jeff was born June 7, 1973 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard T. Cooke and Pamela M. Cooke.

Jeff attended Cave Spring High School and later attended Radford University to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Jeff worked for many years as an operations dispatcher, employed by Maersk Incorporative, before retiring due to disability. Jeff’s disability was caused by Huntington’s Disease, an inherited brain disorder that causes the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. HD affects a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, cognitive, and psychiatric disorders.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Stephanie R. “Steph” Cooke; sons, Adam and Ryan Cooke; dog, Rambo “Ram” Cooke; Uncle, Robert “Bobby” Cooke and wife Brenda; Aunt, Julia Lee Peters and husband Jasper, cousins, Bobbie Jo Lee and Crystal Peters and their children; mother-in-law Joyce “Nana” Kirk; sister-in-law Melissa McPhail and husband John, nephews Christian, Matthew, Mitchell, and Luke McPhail. Special friends; Greg and Kay Loveland, Tim and Cindy Bower, Rick and Laura Rogers, Patrick and Arianne Chapman.

Family and friends will always remember him as Superman starting the day of our first Hope Walk to help fundraise for HDSA with him leading the way and he said that he felt like superman with the amount of love and support he had backing him up. He is our Hero and an inspiration to all with his love of life and determination to never give up. Jeff was always active even up until the end of his life and would give everything to go walking and or something else adventurous. He enjoyed working outside, woodworking, hiking, motorcycles, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. He had a heart of gold and always had a smile for everyone.

The Cooke family would like to give a sincere thank you to Dr. Brian Devine & staff, Dr. Francis Walker & staff, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte & his nurse Vicki Castellucci, for taking such exceedingly good care of Jeff and treating him with kindness and compassion.

A visitation for Jeffrey B. “Jeff” Cooke will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC 28227, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM officiated by Pastor Alex Kennedy.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com for the Cooke family.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Julia Peters

January 19, 2020

Jeff was an awesome nephew ..I was so proud of the young man he bacame.He had a heart of gold..His memories will live forever..My heart is broken but i know he is disease free and with his loved ones.. Our family will not be the same especially at the holidays and family get togethers.He had the best wife and 2 awesome boys that we love dearly and he loved with all his heart ..

.This is not a goodbye this is until we meet again. LOVE ALWAYS

AUNT JULIA LEE

Colleen Dixon

January 18, 2020

I worked at Maersk with Jeff on the South Atlantic delivery team. Jeff always took pride of his work and was well loved by our whole team. Jeff and I would run at lunch outside sometimes and he would always encourage me when I would feel like stopping. He loved you Stephanie and he loved your boys so much. Jeff will never be forgotten. I will miss his kindness and bravery.

Chris Muggler

January 18, 2020

Jeff was one of the most welcoming and joyful people I've ever met. Though my time of knowing him was short, his life truly impacted me in terms of his strength to fight. Not just fighting his condition but doing it with a smile. We love Jeff and we love y'all.

- Chris

Bob Sledd

January 18, 2020

Stephanie,
I was thinking about Jeff all week and wanted to let you know what I think of when I think of Jeff. Jeff was kind, humble, respectful, and an all-around good guy. Everyone at Maersk loved Jeff. He covered the port of Savannah and we never had to worry about problems there because he came in early every morning and worked hard all day long to ensure things went well. Anytime we were walking down a hall or coming in and out of a room, he always raced to the front to open the door for everyone and hold it until everyone passed through. I know that’s kind of an odd memory but it’s just a small example of how he was. He used to smile all the time and was a pleasure to be around. He always had pictures of his family on his desk because you all were so special to him. He was crazy about you and so proud of his boys. I am so sorry for your loss and your whole family have been in my prayers.

Tiffany Teague

January 17, 2020

Stephanie....Jeff’s smile will forgive me in my memory. I will never forget joining you guys for your first Huntington’s Disease walk. His smile was huge and he walked with determination and with great spirit and joy. I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious husband. To Adam and Ryan, your father has touched many lives and created a lasting impression in this world that will soon not fade away.

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