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William Edward "Bill" Cooksey Jr.

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WILLIAM EDWARD "BILL" COOKSEY, JR., 58, passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly on July 27, 2008. Bill was born on July 29, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Babe and Lois Cooksey, who precede him in death. He attended Sam Houston High School and graduated from Texas A&M University -- Class of 1971. From 1968 to 1971, he was a member of the Texas Aggie Basketball Team, Southwest Conference Champs in 1969. He spent the last 30 years in the commercial construction industry, where he was highly respected, most recently with Meridian Constructors. Bill passed away after enjoying a week-long vacation with his wife and grandchildren in Lost Pines, Texas, rafting the Colorado River. He was an avid fisherman, who also enjoyed blazing down the open road on his motorcycle. He was quite an expert at woodworking, and was known for his unique antler and mesquite "Texas" pens, a craft he recently taught his grandson, Andrew. His passion was his family, and he especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren, who loved spending weekends with their Pap and Granny. Bill will be remembered by his family and friends as a man who cared unconditionally, gave without question, and maintained a high level of integrity. His one-of-a-kind quick wit and sense of humor will continue to live on in our hearts, and his infectious laugh and silly grin will never be forgotten. Bill is survived by his loving wife and friend of 37 years, Monica, daughters, Kasey Marsh and husband Jack, and Erin Fryer; grandchildren Andrew Fryer, Lindsay Fryer, Claire Marsh and Connor Marsh; sister Jade Seibert, brother Wyatt Cooksey, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Brookside Funeral Home Cypress Creek. A memorial service will be held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister, Houston, Texas 77065, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Bill's name to Child Advocates, Inc., 2401 Portsmouth, Houston, Texas 77098 http://childadvocates.org/.

Published in Houston Chronicle from July 29 to July 30, 2008
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