Leo Head Cook(1928 - 2014)

Mr. Leo Head Cook, 85 of Bonifay, died on Thursday, April 3, 2014, of cancer at his home in Bonifay. Leo was born Saturday, May 26, 1928 in Washington County, he was the son of the late Lavoyah Albert ( Bud) Cook and the late Loubelia Dauphin Cook. He entered the military on Sept. 21, 1948 and served first year of the Korean War. He was stationed overseas in England and Alaska. Alaska became a state while he was stationed there. Leo married Doris Rose Purcell in Anchorage, Alaska on March 25, 1960. Mr. Cook was medically retired from Air Force due to blindness in July of1966 and attended the VA Blind School in Chicago, Ill. Leo attended two years of college at Highland Community College in Seattle, Wash. He discovered a love of reading, History, Westerns and the Bible after becoming blind. In 1991 he returned to the home place in Bonifay and married Pat Anderson of Bonifay in December of 1998. He was a lifetime member of Blind Veterans of America (BVA) and an active member of church until cancer made it impossible for him to go out. He loved the Lord Jesus deeply and was excited to go home and live with Him.
He is preceded in death by his father, Lavoyah; mother, Loubelia; brothers, Loran, Lloyd, Lewis and Lester; sisters: Lessie Boswell and Leoma Robertson and wives, Doris Purcell Cook and Pat Anderson Cook.
Surviving are daughters, Heidi Cook of Bonifay, Avenilla Kersteter and husband Pat of Vancouver, Wash., and Kathleen Morales and husband Waldo of Graham, Wash.; brother, Lancing Cook of Albuquerque, N.M.; sisters, Lillian Patterson and husband Earl Barber of Panama City and Lorriene Kosier of Bonifay; step-son, Kevin Messer and wife Mandy of Mint Hill, N.C.; step-daughter, Kim Messer and two grand children, Rosa Morales and Matthew Morales.
A Memorial service will be at 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Patton officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Covenant Hospice or . Memorialization will be by cremation with Sims Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Apr. 9, 2014