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Carl Rodman Cookson, 99, Springfield, MO, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014. He was born June 4, 1915, in Canton, Ohio, to William and Mary Cookson.
He attended McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and was a 1940 graduate of Central Bible Institute, Springfield, Mo. While attending college, he and 3 friends started holding church services at the Danforth Community Church near Strafford. This is where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Compton. In his words, "Things got to blossoming." After graduation he moved back to Ohio. After many visits and love letters, they were married June 13, 1943 and lived in Canton, Ohio. In 1949 they moved to Springfield.
Carl retired from Lily Tulip in 1980 after 29 years of service. He continued part-time work well into his late 70's. Carl's greatest enjoyment was attending church and praising God. He was a member of Dayspring Worship Center. He also spent many hours writing and studying The Word. He was always very active exercising and showing off his cartwheel skills to the grandchildren. Carl lived on his own up until a couple of months ago.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy who passed away June 26, 2008. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn C. (Gary) Cornelious, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; his son Carl Michael (Peggy) Cookson, Springfield; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Melissa (John) Allen and daughters; Sarah, Katherine, and Amanda; Amy (Lance) Letterman and sons Blake and Brett and daughter Madison ; Michael (Kim) Cookson and Aaliyah; Bradley (Trisha) Cookson and sons Laken and Riker.
Graveside Services will be Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Danforth Cemetery. No viewing or visitation is planned. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.
Greenlawn Funeral Home North - Springfield
3506 North National
Springfield, MO 65803
Published in the News-Leader on June 15, 2014