Danny Ray Cook, 48, of Conway, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was born Sunday, March 1, 1964 in Texarkana, Texas to Sam and Marilyn Cranford Cook. He was united in marriage on September 7, 1991 to Karla Woods Cook.
Danny graduated from then University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's of Science degree. Danny was the owner of Unishippers of Northern Arkansas and Oklahoma and Cook Rental Properties. Danny owned several other businesses in his twenty-one years in Conway and considered Conway as his adopted home. Danny developed several commercial properties in Conway including Cassidy Plaza on Hogan Lane and Carson Cove on Prince Street. Danny was an officer of the Unified Franchisee Advisory board for Unishippers Inc. Danny was a tireless volunteer serving both communities in Arkansas and Texas with the Jaycees. Danny was the founding board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas. Danny enjoyed coaching the Farm Bureau Steelers Pee Wee football team for seven years. Danny was a faithful and supportive member of Conway Kiwanis.
Danny enjoyed all types of sports, football, baseball, soccer, but no professional or college team sent him to his feet like seeing his son, Carson or Daughter, Cassidy playing their sports on a field in front of him. Danny made many trips out of state and in state to watch his children compete in sports while suffering from a constant pain of his numerous surgeries
Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton and Mary Cranford and Benjamin and Myrtle Cook.
Danny is survived by his wife Karla Cook; son, Carson Cook, seventeen; daughter, Cassidy Cook, fourteen' mother Marilyn Cook; father, Sam Cook; sister, Tina Megason Schoonover; brothers, Neil and Steven Cook; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Danny has a host of friends who faithfully prayed for him and his family. These friends and family witnessed firsthand the courage and determination Danny relentlessly exhibited over his thirteen years of battle with his health and multiple surgeries. It was our Lord's provision and inexpressible blessing when Danny had Dr. Bruce Ramshaw and his assistant, Brandie Forman join him in his long physical battle that ended with nothing short of a battle well fought on June 6, 2012. Their medical expertise and Christian beliefs added seven more years to his life.
There are few who will ever know the love of a friend, like Ray Holman. Danny treasured Ray's friendship and they shared a brotherly sacrificial love that exemplified “No greater love than to lay down your life for another”.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at The Church Alive. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway (501)327-7727. Visitation will be Monday, June 11, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm at the church.
Pallbearers are, Ray Holman, David Kinley, Blaine LaRue, David Hawks, Mac McCullough, Ron Hill, Wayne Larue and Bryan Adams. Honorary pallbearers are, J. Mark Ware, Randy Standly, Leo Reddoch, Terry Cradduck, Willie Armstead, Joe Nichols, Jr.,and Rusty Cranford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 153, Conway, AR 72033 or The Church Alive, P.O. Box 1083, Conway, AR 72033.