John Christopher Rook
John Christopher Rook, 50, Holladay, TN, formerly of Springfield, MO, was lifted into God's loving arms Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Jackson, TN after a two year courageous battle with Alzheimer's.
Chris was born May 19, 1963 in Springfield, MO to George Willis Rook and Imogene (Woolford) Rook.
Chris attended Greene Valley State School, graduating in 1984 and then attended Adult Developmentally Disabled Day School that his parents, along with other parents, started so he could continue learning. Chris loved school. He loved his teachers and classmates and true to his nature, was the one that made everyone laugh.
Chris was involved in many activities: Springfield Park Board, Special Olympics, Sporting Chance and Boy Scouts. He especially loved bowling and played on "The Rooks Gang" team with the park board for years.
Although Chris was born with Down Syndrome, that didn't stop him. He flourished in life and lived it to the fullest. Whether riding in a hot air balloon, singing the national anthem at a Springfield Cardinals game or placing a rose on the stage at the Ryman Auditorium for his beloved Dolly Parton, nothing ever stopped Chris, and his zest for life was contagious.
Chris loved God so purely and loved church. He faithfully read his bible every day. Chris never met a stranger. He loved all Gods' creatures.
Chris was preceded in death by his father George Willis Rook. He is survived by his mother, Imogene Rook, Parsons, TN; his brother, Ben Rook, Springfield, MO; his sister and brother- in- law, Teresa and Jim Baugues, Holladay, TN; and numerous cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 10am in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E Seminole, Springfield, MO. Burial will follow at Rock Prairie Cemetery, Halltown, MO. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8pm in the funeral home.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Memorial contributions can be made to
Mid South Chapter, 4825 Trousdale Dr, Ste 220, Nashville, TN 37220, 1-800-272-3900.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, 2014