OBITUARY

Colonel (Ret) John William Cooke Jr.

December 22, 1929January 4, 2014

Colonel (Ret) John William Cooke, Jr., age 84, of Cumming, passed away on January 4, 2014 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2014 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 939 James Burgess Road Suwanee, Georgia 30024, with Rev. Tripp Norris officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery, Roswell. Colonel Cooke was born to John William Cooke, Sr. and Marie (Ridings) Cooke in Greenville, MS on December 22, 1929; and grew up in Marigold, MS with his sister, Ann. He graduated from West Point in 1952 with a B.S. in Engineering, and from George Washington University, where he earned a Masters in International Affairs. He married Marianna Mitchell on June 28, 1952. They had four children, John William IV (Deceased), Thomas Mitchell Cooke, Catherine Cooke Polkinghorne, and Kathleen Cooke Olexa. Colonel Cooke served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1979, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the UK Joint Staff College and the Joint Chief of Staff in Washington DC. He retired with a rank of Colonel in 1979. After military service, John served as President of Simons Eastern Engineering from 1981 until his retirement in 1995. John is survived by his wife, Marianna. Son, Thomas Cooke and his wife, Nancy; daughter Catherine Pokinghorne and her husband, Scott; daughter, Kathleen Olexa and her husband, George (Ron). Sister, Ann Cooke Metzgar and her husband, Richard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the West Point Alumni Association, www.westpointaog.org.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Colonel (Ret) John William Cooke Jr.

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January 10, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Gunn Family

January 9, 2014

We are praying for the Cooke family during this time as they grieve the loss of a husband, father, brother and grandfather. We feel privileged to have known him.

Ellen Boney

January 9, 2014

John was a wonderful husband, father and friend who will be missed by many. Keeping the extended Cooke family in my prayers. Sorry I can't attend the service tomorrow.

Diana Artzer

January 9, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. We feel privileged to have known and cared for Mr. Cooke at Northside Hospital. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Diana and Tonia

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January 8, 2014

My condolences to the family. Please keep God's hope close to you. James 4:8

January 8, 2014

To the Cooke family...may God comfort you and bring you peace during this time of bereavement.

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January 8, 2014

May the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3) give you the comfort needed at this very difficult time.

January 8, 2014

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who is 'binding up the broken hearted and comforting those mourning' sustain you during this most difficult time. (Isa. 61:1,2). Again, my deepest sympathies.

January 8, 2014

May the love of friends, family & most important our compassionate God carry you through this grievous time.

January 8, 2014

My condolences. Please draw comfort from the love of family and friends and cherish the fond memories that you hold for years to come. Ps 27:1, 5, 10