COOK, Sr. Richard Kay Richard (Dick) Kay Cook, Sr., age 86, of Atlanta, passed away March 26, 2014. Dick was born January 30, 1928 in Haddonfield, New Jersey to Percival L. Cook and Eleanore Rogers Cook. After the death of his father at age 7, his family moved to Orlando, Florida. At 17, with the permission of his mother, Dick joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Rowe and USS Gatling destroyers toward the end of World War II. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Florida. He was asked to be a groomsman in a friend's wedding in Augusta, Ga, where he met a beautiful bridesmaid named Charlotte. They began a three-year, long distance courtship between Gainesville, Fla. and Athens, where she was attending the University of Georgia. Before purchasing his first car, Dick spent the first year of their relationship hitchhiking his way to Athens to see his soon-to-be bride. Once the couple wed and moved to Atlanta, Dick began working for Pitney Bowes, Inc. as a technician and then operations manager. He retired after 40 years of service. He also worked in the credit department at General Electric for 10 years and at Roswell City Hall in administration. Dick was affectionately known as "Jim-Jam" among his family and closest friends. Even when grandchildren would address cards with the nickname, the postman knew which address it belonged to. Dick loved the outdoors and enjoyed even the most arduous yard work well into his 80s. Even the hot Atlanta summers didn't stop him from cleaning the gutters. One of his favorite places was Ormond Beach, Florida, where he and Charlotte have been members of a close-knit condo association for 45 years. He was an animal lover who couldn't help but have treats by the door for neighborhood cats and dogs and leave carrots and radishes for backyard rabbits. He was an expert tomato farmer in the summertime and an ever-changing mastermind against the squirrels. Dick exhibited unwavering generosity and selflessness in everything he did and was a very willing playmate with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and spent many Saturday afternoons listening to the game on the radio in his sun room. Dick was predeceased by his parents and his sister Janice Cook Walker. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte Gaulding Cook, his daughter Kay Cook Bryant and son-in-law Wm. Bradley Bryant; sons Richard Kay Cook, Jr. and daughter-in-law Ginny H Cook, John Christopher Cook and daughter-in-law Carla Brady Cook; grandson Wm. Benjamin Bryant and his wife Kristen Appleby Bryant; granddaughters Katherine Cook Bryant and Chelsea Caitlin Cook; and great-grand children Wm. Michael Bryant and Elizabeth (Ella) Charlotte Bryant. He is also survived by nephew Jeffrey Walker of Florida. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 63 years, serving as a deacon and an elder. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Memorial Garden or the charity of your choosing.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 28, 2014