Billy Joe Cook, 87, of Pittsfield, and formerly of Milton, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.
Born in Milton Aug. 22, 1925, Billy Joe was a son of Leonard and Edna Johnson Cook. He married Elinor A. Smith on Aug. 29, 1958, in Bowling Green, Mo., and she survives.
Billy Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean conflict. He was a grain and livestock farmer near Milton for many years. He was a member of the Milton Christian Church and served as deacon, a member of the Milton Masonic Lodge, served on the Smith Cemetery and Douglas Cemetery Boards and a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau and the Pike Promenators Square Dance Club. He enjoyed having coffee with the guys at Dinks Diner and playing card games at FS and Richters with the guys. He loved boating and water skiing and playing ball with the grandkids. He never missed a ballgame of his daughter, Elaine, and his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Elinor; and two daughters, Joellen (Courtney) Wade of Pittsfield and Elaine Cook of Springfield; two grandsons, Craig Riley of Sherman and Scott (Kayla) Riley of Milton; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Delaina, Kamryn and Seton Riley. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Milton Christian Church with Bro. Jerry Edison officiating. Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be at the Smith Cemetery near Milton, with graveside military honors accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and the Military Funeral Honor Guard. A lunch will be served for family and friends at the Milton Christian Church Fellowship Hall after interment. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Milton Christian Church or Passages Hospice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 20, 2013
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