James Kermit Cook

August 5, 1937October 11, 2021

James Kermit Cook, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 11, 2021, at his home in Bean Station. Born August 5, 1937, in Grainger County, he was the only child of James Vester and Ruby May Wyatt Cook.

A 1956 graduate of Rutledge High School, his career included working at Berkline, Enka, and Bank of Commerce in Morristown. In 1983 he went to work as a Supervisory Liquidation Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he worked in FDIC offices around the country, including San Francisco, Alaska, Portland, Oregon, Dallas, Boston, and Atlanta. Upon his retirement in 2000, he fulfilled his dream by returning to his former home in Bean Station. James Kermit loved skiing, genealogy, aviation, history, especially World War II, and caring for his yard and home.

James Kermit was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rachel Reinhardt; and by the mother of his youngest child, Peggy Kiser Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Stevvi Cook; children, Martha Cook Carter of Morristown, Mendi Cook and Mark Cook of Knoxville, and Max Cook of Morristown; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Graveside service will be in Meek Cemetery on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. with Chaplain Kelly Reed officiating. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cook family.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021


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Judi Leach Sutherland

October 15, 2021

Stevvi, I just read of James passing I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Hallie Garner

October 13, 2021

Stevvi, I'm so sorry to find this. James was such a good person and I know these last months have been tough. I was just thinking of you'll on Sunday, not knowing that this had happened. He made some good contributions while he was on this earth, and was always willing to share. I will be in touch with you soon when life has calmed down a bit.