Rev. Earl F. Cook
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ROCKWELL - Rev. Earl F. Cook, 87 of Rockwell, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his residence.
Rev. Cook was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Jackson County, the son of the late Robert Lee Cook and Hattie Lee Cook.
He was educated at Whitter Elementary School, NC Agricultural School and Piedmont Bible College and held an honorary Doctorate Degree.
Rev. Cook was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy, Third Class Gunners Mate aboard the USS Core, CVE 13. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, European African ME Area Campaign and the World War II Victory Medal.
Rev. Cook was pastor of five churches during his 60 years of the Baptist ministry, retiring from Victory Baptist Church in Salisbury, in March of 2013.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Cook was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Frady Cook, on Sept. 16, 2013; five brothers; two sisters; and one son-in-law.
Survivors include sons Harold Cook and wife Peggy, Tim Cook and wife Tresea; daughters Joyce Wells and Donna Goodman and husband Darrell, all of Rockwell; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Powles Funeral Home, Rockwell.
Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Victory Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Chris Sadler, pastor, Rev. Billy Wayne Boone and Rev. Bobby Utley. Rev. Cook will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the Funeral Service.
Interment: Brookhill Memorial Gardens, Rockwell, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Navy.
Memorials: Victory Baptist Church, Missionary Fund, P.O. Box 998, Rockwell, NC 28138.
Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Cook family. Online condolences may be made to the Cook family at www.powlesfuneralhome. com
Powles Funeral Home, Inc.
913 West Main Street Rockwell, NC 28138
Published in Salisbury Post on June 5, 2014