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J. W. "Bubba" Cook Jr.

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J. W. "Bubba" Cook Jr. Obituary
J. W. "Bubba" Cook Jr.



Shreveport, LA - Mr. J. W. "Bubba" Cook, Jr., 83, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013, at home after a brief illness. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3rd, at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Tom Harrison, of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

Bubba was born on October 1, 1930, in Haynesville, Louisiana and had been a resident of Shreveport for sixty years.

Preceding him in death was his parents, Joseph William Cook, Sr. and Blanche Pope Cook. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois Cook; daughter, Becky Mason and husband, Randy; son, Joe Cook; grandchildren, Brooke Jones, Claire Jones, Anna Claire Cook; brother, James Cook and wife, Ann; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cook's favorites were his grandchildren, LSU Football, Lake Claiborne, Woodlawn Class Reunions and the Cook tree farm.

Although a native of Haynesville, Louisiana, he will be known and recognized for countless years to come in every corner of the state of Louisiana for his expertise and dedication to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) School Improvement Process. It was this competency that made him one of the most requested and busiest SACS volunteers in the state. Educated in the Louisiana public schools, Mr. Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Louisiana Tech University and left to proudly serve the U.S.A.F. in Germany. After his return from service he continued his education and earned his Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Northwestern State University; a Plus Thirty from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, and Northwestern; and additional graduate course work from Centenary College and the universities previously mentioned. Bubba Cook, who spent his entire career in the Caddo Parish School System, began teaching at Fair Park High School in 1956, where he spent three years before moving to Youree Drive Middle School for one year. In 1960, he joined the administrative team that opened Woodlawn High School as a new secondary school in Shreveport; in 1970, Mr. Cook was named principal, and he remained in that position until his retirement in 1989. During his twenty-nine year tenure at Woodlawn, Mr. Cook achieved a unique "perfect attendance" distinction: he attended the first 333 football games in the history of the school.

Most notable of all his achievements and talents, though, was the spirit in which Mr. Cook volunteered his time to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Refusing to accept anything except reimbursement for expenses, he devoted innumerable hours to working with schools, amazing all with his diligence and determination to assist each and every school in gaining the utmost from the SACS School Improvement Process. An ardent believer in the benefits of Southern Association, Mr. Cook was, perhaps, the best public relations man for SACS in the state since there are few parishes where he has not served. Mr. Cook never met a stranger and possessed, in addition to his "school sense," the ability to establish the perfect - most appropriate - rapport for school faculties undergoing the school improvement process. His expectations were high, and the review was a thorough one; yet he put everyone at ease, making the SIP not only profitable but enjoyable. This was truly a gift! Since 1971, Mr. Cook was a member of over 130 peer review teams, serving as chairperson for over 100 of these. He also served from 1979-1989 on the SACS State Executive Committee and as Chairman of District IV. Mr. Cook was honored at the yearly Advanc-ED (SACS CASI) Convention in Houston, Texas. This annual distinction is awarded to one exceptional educator from each of the forty-four states that are members of Advanc-ED.

Mr. Cook's other contributions to education are numerous, particularly his support and involvement in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in Caddo Parish. Through the years he was awarded their most prestigious honors: the Louisiana PTA Honorary Life Membership; the National PTA Honorary Life Membership; and in 1987, the Educator of Distinction Award, which was presented at the PTA State Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Mr. Cook served on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Committee from 1984-1989. He also was President of the North Louisiana Rally Association and Executive Board Member representing Class AAAA at Louisiana Tech University (1987-1989), a Field Representative for the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE), and a retired member of the Louisiana Association of Principals (LAP). Finally, Mr. Cook was a member of the Louisiana Department of Education Revision Committee for Bulletin 741.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Hooks, Jere Pyburn, A. L. Williams, Greg Morrison, Dennis Dunn and Skip Bell.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Pi Kappa Alpha Luncheon buddies.

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Kevin Marler, Dr. Chip McDonald and Willis-Knighton Cancer Center and Hospice.

Bubba loved people and people loved him. He knew someone everywhere he went and touched so many lives throughout his career and will be greatly missed.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2014
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