William "George" Cook

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William George Cook

William George Cook, age 82, passed away at home on October 12, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, TN. Services will be led by Reverend Dan Parker, Pastor of Parkway Baptist Church. Burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Family and Friends will serve as Pallbearers.

William George Cook was born in the Florence Community in Rutherford County, TN on October 2, 1930 to the late Esten Cook and Clara Mae Davis Cook. He entered the Army Air Corp at age 17 in 1947, and gained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1951. Mr. Cook was extremely proud of this time in his life and served on the island of Guam where he gained experience through his involvement in building military air strips. Upon leaving the service, he immediately began working for McDowell McDowell Construction Company in October of 1951. Mr. Cook began his new career as a bulldozer operator but had earned the position of superintendent by the time he medically retired from this employment in 1980. He was involved in the construction of the interstate highway system of Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina. He also worked in Kentucky for a short period of time. George, as he was called by his friends and family, spent his remaining life in the country where he enjoyed spending time outdoors and taking care of his garden, pets, and cattle.

William George Cook is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Lee Francis Cook; their children Janet S. Demastus and her husband David of McDonald, TN, Linda M. Hogue and her husband Hugh of Pelham, AL, Donna K. Schutzenhofer and her husband Jeff of Aiken, SC.

He is also survived by brother, Paul F. Cook and his wife Martha; five grandchildren, Jason D. Demastus, Melissa A. Hall and her husband Aaron, Hugh V. Hogue, Jr., Sarah M. Schutzenhofer and Joshua E. Schutzenhofer; two great grandchildren, Anna Charlotte Hall and Eleanor Renee Hall; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ina Lee Harrell Wilson; his brothers, Thomas Clifford Cook, John A. Cook, James Cook and Esten Cook, Jr. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Evan Daniel Demastus.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Caris Healthcare (Hospice), 242 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 102, Murfreesboro, TN, 37129 (www.carishealthcare.com) and/or the Humane Society of Rutherford County.

Visitation will be Monday, October 15, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, TN, 615-459-3254

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Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna
1488 LASCASSAS PIKE Smyrna, TN 37167
615-459-3254
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Published in The Daily News Journal on Oct. 15, 2012
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