Carril ""Poochie"" Cooks Jr.

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Carril "Poochie" J. Cooks Jr., 46, a native of New Orleans and resident of Houma, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Morgan City.
The family requests that visitation be observed from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City. Visitation will resume from 10 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Patterson. A celebration of Carril's life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with military honors following in the Morgan City Cemetery.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Janessa Cooks, of San Francisco, Calif.; loving son, Caleb Cooks, of Fort Walton, Fla.; daughters, Courtney and Hailey Verret, of Houma; brothers, Romal Cooks, of Bentonville, Ark., and Harold Cooks, of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Angla Mosely, of Patterson; paternal grandmother, Mabel Stepter, of New Orleans; first wife, Doris Cooks, of San Jose, Calif.; second wife, Dawn Verret-Cooks, of Houma; a very close cousin, Brian Washington; one nephew; one niece; and a host of cousins, extended family, law enforcement family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carril J. Cooks Sr.; mother, Mary Lee Meade Cooks; maternal grandfather, Adam Meade; maternal grandmother, Leola Meade; and paternal grandfather, Paul Cooks.
Carril was a God fearing man. He was generous, outgoing, kindhearted and adventurous. Most importantly, Carril was one who helped others, taking pleasure in giving aid when needed. Never was he seen with a frown on his face but rather with a bright smile, as that was his nature.
In 1986, Carril joined the U.S. Armed Forces, where he proudly served for eight years. While in the U.S. Army, he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class and served in Operation Desert Storm. While serving, Carril received the Purple Heart for valor shown in battle for injuries sustained while saving another solder's life, a fact that his family is exceedingly proud off.
Growing up, Carril had a dream of becoming a law enforcement officer, a dream which came true when he joined the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and later the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office. He began his career at the St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office as a road deputy in 2007. He moved into the St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division in 2009. In addition to his position as a narcotics detective, Carril also served as a member of the St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and worked as a training instructor in the academy. His dedication to service and the security of our community will continue on through those he worked with and taught.
Though loyally serving his community with the Sheriff's Office, Carril also socialized with numerous groups in the parish. A Masonic member since the late '80s, he also was a boxing instructor and took time out of his schedule to mentor and work with local youth in the community. His favorite pastime was riding with the Khaotic RiderZ of Morgan City, a group for which he was Road Captain.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from July 5 to July 6, 2013
Carril J. Cooks
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