SHELBY- Wilford Gold (Bill) Cooke, 88, of 3004 Poplar Circle, Shelby, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his residence.
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A native of Cleveland County, he was born May 31, 1924. He was a member of Davidson Memorial Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Julius P. Cook and Lettie Ledford Cook.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Horace McKinley Cook, Rev. Lee Ottis Cook, Rev. John Ivey Cook, Julius Bryson Cook, Loy Buren Cook, J.D. Cook and Paul B. Cook; and four sisters, Minnie Cook Spencer, Ethel Cook Brittain Blackburn, Zetta Cook Reichard and Bertie Cook Greene.
Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cook, Vernette Cook and Marilyn Cook; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
He was educated in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Wilford was a family-oriented person and was extremely proud of his family heritage. He was a member of the Christian Educator Association of the Southeast. After a professional career with the federal government in Washington, D.C., he taught school for several years in Florida, both high school and college level, before retiring in Shelby.
During World War II, he served with the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department, under the personal command of Major General Clayton Bessell.
Graveside Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Casar
Officiated By: The Rev. Landon Rice
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 326, Casar, NC 28020
Online Condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on May 9, 2013