COOK, Rex A., age 78, passed away on October 12, 2013, in Tampa. He is survived by Marie, his wife of 55 years, sons Edward (Belinda) of Georgia, Doug (Shannon) of Tampa, daughter Laurie (Terry) Morris of Valrico. Grandchildren, Brett Morris, Chelsea Morris, Walker Cook and Teagan Cook. He also leaves two brothers, Jack of Collinsville, MS, Gene of Collierville, TN, sister Judy Cook of Charleston, MS and numerous nephews & nieces. Rex was born in Big Creek, MS. After graduating high school in Grenada, MS, Rex enlisted in the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. After discharge, Rex began work with Swift & Co. as a truck driver in Greenville, MS working up to become plant superintendent in Lake Charles, LA, Savannah, GA, Jacksonville, Miami & Tampa, FL. Rex was appointed district superintendent of the southwestern states, headquartered in Ft Worth, TX in 1978. After the demise of Swift & Co., Rex retired after 21 years and returned to Tampa to start his second career (19 years) with Florida Power Corp. After retiring, Rex spent many days fishing and at his hobby of woodworking where he created many pieces that will be cherished for years by friends and family, especially grandchildren. Rex belonged to First Baptist Church of Port Tampa and was also a past commander & life member of the American Legion Post 138 in Port Tampa. Visitation will be at the funeral home, 6 - 8 pm on Monday, October 14th, funeral services will be at the funeral home, 10 am on Tuesday, October 15th, followed by interment at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Port Tampa. Brewer & Sons/813-835-4991

Published in on Oct. 14, 2013