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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC

OBITUARY

Wendell Fred Cook, Sr.

September 8, 1942November 25, 2019
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Wendell F. Cook. Sr., 77, of Statesville, passed away Monday, November 25, 2019 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Born in Davie County on September 8, 1942, he was the son of the late W. L. and Minnie Cook.

Wendell graduated high school and started with UM&M on September 13, 1960 as a sweeper. Over the years and through different company name changes (Clark-Schwebell and finally JPS Composite Materials), he worked his way through the company, retiring as a Technical Manager, with 50 years of service.

His work as a technical manager took him to Japan, England, Belgium, Germany, and Singapore and all over the United States. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Nancy. He had a great love for his church and his Sunday school class at Western Avenue Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. Wendell was also a member of the Gideon’s International – North Camp. His love for the Lord showed through his life. This love guided him as a man, husband, father and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Lawrence A. Cook, Ruby Cook Joyner and W. Leon Cook; and his bride of 56 years, Nancy Herrin Cook, who passed away March 16, 2018.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Patricia M. Shaw (Ken) of Statesville and Wendell F. “Dell” Cook, Jr. (Ginny) of Cary, NC; grandchildren, Katie Cook, Lauren Cook and Andrew Cook of Cary, NC; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Western Avenue Baptist Church. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM in the church sanctuary with Dr. Jeff Spry officiating. Burial will follow at Sandy Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Harmony, NC.

Memorial donations may be made to Western Ave. Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bunchjohsnonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cook family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Western Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund
  • The Alzheimer's Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Wendell Fred Cook, Sr.

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Susan Davidson

November 27, 2019

Dear Cook family, We can only say that because you’re so important to us, we are so sorry to hear about Wendell. Your sorrow touches us deeply. And we want you to know that we care much more than we could ever find words to tell you! Wendell was a dear man! He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and may God give you peace, comfort and strength thru the coming days. In Christ love, Bobby (Robert), Susan, James, & “Elizabeth” Davidson (WABC)

Melissa Mitchell

November 26, 2019

Pops,

You were a Dad to me and helped me define my future. I climbed the ladder of big business because of your guidance, and I chose to be a helper to kids who needed me more than the business world.

I love my Special Education kids that I serve, and you taught me that we all are SPECIAL. I have missed you for years, but you always were there for our family and in our hearts.

Love you Pops forever!

Thomas Palmer

November 26, 2019

All-around good guy, mentor & friend; almost total recall, especially a gazillion jokes. Will miss you my friend!

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