James Edward Stephen Cook

November 28, 1926July 6, 2019

James E. S. Cook November 28, 1926 to July 6, 2019. San Diego James E. S. Cook was born on November 28, 1926 in Morrilton, Arkansas. While growing up, James had a great relationship with his grandpa, T.M. McReynolds. He began driving a truck for his grandpa at an early age. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, and served on the Battleship Mississippi during World War II. He returned home from the war and married Dorothy Jean Wright from Springfield, Arkansas. They moved to California. They had their first and last child, a boy, Jim Jr. They were able to purchase a house in La Mesa, California, and he lived there for most of his life. James worked for University Avenue Furniture store for many years. He then opened his own furniture store, and did a lot of restoring of and refinishing furniture. He was a true craftsman. He worked until he was eighty years old. He loved the San Diego Chargers and would take the neighborhood kids to the to games for a total of $20.00. That was a long time ago, in the 1960’s. He loved to fish at Convict Lake and to camp in the Mammoth Mountains recreation area. He would catch two rainbow trout at a time, using two hooks on his line, and would do it on numerous occasions. He also loved to take his boat out to Shelter Island and launch it, and fished in the area of the Point Loma light house. James drove home to Arkansas almost every year until the year the Oklahoma bombing occurred. He would drive straight through, reaching his destination in 28 to 32 hours. In 2018, in August James moved in with his son Jim and wife Roxie in Riverside County. In October of 2018, He was able to travel to Fort Worth Texas for the Federation of Fire Chaplains Conference and got to meet a lot of really great people that really enjoyed getting to meet him, sit down and listen to his stories, and he really cherished that time that they spent with him. He then got to spend some time in Morrilton Arkansas, his hometown, and he enjoyed being our tour guide. We all had a great visit and a great trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. He truly loved his six grandkids and his six great-grandkids. He is survived by his son Jim and wife Roxie, His sister Marie, Six Grandchildren, Andrea and her husband Adam, Paula and her husband Maurice, Luke, Jami, Laurie, and Sara. He had six great-grandkids; Zion, Malakai, Theo, Mya, Liana, and Melina. He is gone but not forgotten.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Miramar National Friday, July 19, 2019


James Edward Stephen Cook

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Jim Cook

July 15, 2019

My dad loved his neighbors on Magruder St. He really appreciated all of them.