William Thomas Cook

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GRAVESIDE SERVICE
Bassett Cemetery
US Hwy 61
Bassett, AR  72313
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
11:00 AM
Cemetery
Bassett Cemetery
US Hwy 61
Bassett, AR  72313
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN  38105
I served in the Navy.
William Thomas CookI am a Veteran.

of Tullahoma, TN

February 4, 1930 - March 13, 2021

William "Bill" T. Cook passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the age of 91. After several months of declining health, Bill passed peacefully with his beloved wife Juanita and their surviving daughter and son-in-law by his side as he started his new journey.

Bill was born in Pemiscot County, Missouri to father John Monroe Cook and mother Chloe Barber Cook.

Bill Enlisted in the Navy prior to the Korean War in 1948 and served 3.5 Years abroad on Naval Carriers earning him the United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal and the Korean Service Battlestar Ribbon while serving on the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116). May God bless our Veterans for their sacrifices.

After serving his country, Bill married the love of his life, Juanita Lindley Cook, on December 1, 1952. Bill finished his working career with Cargill, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee to retirement.

Bill would be best known by his sense of humor, love of family and friends, love of nature, hunting and just trolling around on his four-wheeler. Bill did not know a stranger and if one were to ask him if he needed anything, his response would always be ''Just a kind word and a cold glass of water.'' Bill will always be remembered by his kind eyes and everlasting smile that gave you the full depth of his personality and his passion for love, friends and life. He will be sorely missed by all that have had the pleasure of meeting him.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Cook; brothers, Norman, Kenneth, Harold & J.M. Cook; sisters, Mary Alice Batson, Johnny Marie McElroy, and Florence Janette Cook; special brother-in-law and hunting buddy, ''Mutt'' Catt. Bill is survived by his wife Juanita Cook; daughter, Carol Cook Seig (James); grandchildren, Tim Baker (Teya) and Chris Cook; great-grandchildren, Korie Baker, Laura Baker, and the most loving little fur baby, Nikki; his special nieces would be Shirley Shortnacy and Glenda Frisbee; and his extended Tennessee family, Mike and Shelly Seig.

From the family of Bill Cook, a special thanks to Friendship United Methodist Church and the neighbors of the Toles Road Community, in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

A special thanks to the Friends, Family, Staff and Caregivers of the Autumn Oaks Assisted Living and Avalon Hospice in Manchester Tennessee.

A graveside service will be held by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, at the Bassett Cemetery, in Bassett, Arkansas, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

Honorary pallbearers for Bill's service will be: Chris Cook, Joe McAuliffe, Darrell Speaks, and Don Guilliams.

People wishing to honor Bill's lifelong commitment to love, life, family and friends can make donations to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home will be following guidelines issued by the local Department of Health and the CDC regarding COVID-19. Social distancing of at least six feet is recommended for funeral services and all attendees are requested to wear masks.

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NELL ADAMS GRISHAM
WEST MEMPHIS, AR
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Friday, March 26, 2021

JUANITA, I REMEMBER YOU AND BILL WELL AS WAY BACK WHEN YOU TWO LIVED IN WEST MEMPHIS, I WAS MANAGER OF THE DRIVE IN GROCERY STORE\IMPERIAL GROCERY/AND SERVICE STATION. I REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY VERY WELL, AND SHOULD YOU NOT SEE AND RECOGNIZE WHO I AM, MY NAME WAS NELL CASH BACK THEN. MAY GOD CONTINUE BLESSING YOU JUANITA, AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO, AND LOVED YOU TWO AS GOOED CUSTOMERS..I REMEMBER FLORENCE COOK ALSO, AND SEE THAT SHE PASSED AWAY BEFORE BILL. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, AND GOD HAS ALREADY BLESSED BOTH YOU AND BILL BY PROLONGO=ING YOUR LIVES HERE ON ESRTH. SEE YOU IN HEAVES ONE GREAT DAY.

Aaron Lang
circuit, CA
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Rand
Port Lenna, FL
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Stephanie King
Saltillo, MS
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Love you, Uncle Bill. I miss that smile.

Becky Cook Schaeffer
Cordova, TN
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Monday, March 15, 2021

Rest in Peace- My Sweet, Always Happy
Uncle Billy🙏🙏🙏

Les Dorris
Santa Teresa, NM
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Monday, March 15, 2021

Ms Cook and Sue, I was so sorry to read of Mr. Cook’s passing. You guys were the ideal neighbors. Also sad to learn that Larry passed also. My thoughts are with you at this time. May God bless you.

Joe Cavitt
tyronza, AR
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Prayers to all of Bill's family and friends... I have know Bill all of my life.. My dad Jimmy Cavitt and Bill went to school at Wilson...He came to my house back in 1974 and told me, "son, they are hiring at Cargill"... so... after 42 years, I also retired from Cargill.. Bill would do anything he could for me and all the people he knew..

Caitlyn Haley
Manchester, TN
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

I was one of Mr. Bills care giver at Autumn Oaks he was such a kind man always had a nice word to say I looked forward to seeing him in the mornings at work he would always wink at me when I would say hi he will be dearly missed take care Mr.Bill .

Roy Cook
Germantown, TN
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Peace be be with you Uncle Billy.