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James Theland Cook Jr.

June 22, 1947May 14, 2020

James T. “Butch” Cook, age 72, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020. He was born on June 22, 1947 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Thelan and Geraldine Cook.

In 1972, Butch married the love of his life, Betty Jean. They were soulmates and were inseparable for 42 years until Betty went to heaven in 2014.

He loved to take Betty camping and enjoyed the simple things in life, such as sitting around a campfire and spending quality time with family and friends.

Butch loved animals, and there was a special place in his heart for his sweet dog, Angel. She loved Butch with her whole heart and was at his bedside when he drifted into heaven. He was a precious PawPaw who loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He taught them all about fishing, how to play UNO, and how to build sandcastles at the beach. He also had a special bond with his daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Earl White. He loved them very much. They took care of him during his battle with cancer, and Diane never left his side. Butch cherished his friends and was blessed to have lifelong friends David Booth, Hamilton Guin, and Bill and Patsy Ethridge. He was retired from BF Goodrich and was a member of Coker Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cook; parents, Thelan and Geraldine Cook; in-laws, Roy and Floy Pate; and granddaughter, Jennifer Marlow.

Butch is survived by his daughter, Diane White (Earl); sister, Brenda Odom (Bud); stepsons, Mike and Tim Marlow; grandchildren, Chasidy, Chad, Krissi, Brian, and Jeremy; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Dustin, Heaven, Remington, Turner, and Trey; a host of nieces and nephews; and his loyal dog, Angel. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:00am at Coker Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Earl White, Chad White, Hamilton Guin, David Booth, Turner White, Trey White, Jacob Gaddy, and Cole Sandlin.

In lieu of flowers, spend time with your children, take a walk on the beach with your loved ones, and make a toast around a campfire to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. That is what Butch would wish for you. Roll Tide.

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  • He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cook; parents, Thelan and Geraldine Cook; in-laws, Roy and Floy Pate; and granddaughter, Jennifer Marlow.


    Butch is survived by his daughter, Diane White (Earl); sister, Brenda Odom (Bud); stepsons, Mike and Tim Marlow; grandchildren, Chasidy, Chad, Krissi, Brian, and Jeremy; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Dustin, Heaven, Remington, Turner, and Trey; a host of nieces and nephews; and his loyal dog, Angel.

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Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Graveside

    Monday, May 18, 2020

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Krissi Miles

May 17, 2020

He was always Big Butch to me, my Granddaddy. His great grands calling him Paw Paw Butch. He loved my Grandmother the way I knew I wanted a husband to love me. For a very long time, Big Butch and Grandmother would pick my children and me up for Sunday Church and Friday Night Game Night. Much like they did me when I was young, they spoiled their great grands. Even after Grandmother passed, Big Butch would stop by on his way to Bankston and bring us fish from his latest catch or Alabama gear. Grandmother told me to find a husband that loves me the way Butch loved her. I did, eventually. He told me to find a husband that was an Alabama Fan, no exceptions! I did, eventually. He taught my boys how to make fishing lures, tie knots and all about hummingbirds. He taught my girls about roses and hummingbirds (and never stand close to Angel when she was eating)! He was loved here, on this earth and he received the greatest homecoming from his love, my Grandmother in Heaven. He will be missed but I know that Grandmother, Maw Maw and Paw Paw Pate are happy to have him in Glory.
Love always- Krissi (The ONLY grandchild to ever have gotten a whippin’ by him and knew that, at least, three others needed it more 🙃.)

Shirley Shepherd

May 16, 2020

Butch was a friend to my brother R.D. and he and Holley were friends. He always had that great smile. So sorry for your loss.

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