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Thomas D. Cook

May 19, 2012

Mr.Thomas D. Cook, 85, died Friday, May 18, 2012 in his home in Starkville.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, May 21 at First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the church.
Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A long time resident of Starkville, Mr. Cook was born in the Beth Eden Community in Winston County on October 16, 1926, but moved as a young boy with his family to Bradley.

He graduated from Longview High School and received his bachelor's of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University.
Mr. Cook served in the Army in World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm and was a member of the Dixie Division of the Mississippi National Guard for 20 years. 

He was elected Sheriff and Tax Collector of Oktibbeha County from 1960-1964, and he worked as Superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary from 1968-1972.

After his retirement from additional careers in banking and farming, Mr. Cook served as the Veteran’s Administrative Officer for the Oktibbeha County area.        

Mr. Cook was a member of the First Baptist Church of Starkville, a Mason, and a Shriner.  A former officer in the Veterans of Foreign Wars,

Mr. Cook particularly enjoyed his participation in the Longview School Alumni Association for which he worked to have the remaining building of Longview School turned over to the Alumni Association and to promote and implement an annual reunion for Longview alumni.    

Mr. Cook is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Ralph Thornton of Cordova, Tenn.; a son, Thomas D. Cook, Jr. of Starkville and Memphis, Tenn.; and a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Marguerite Cook of Starkville. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Kate Thornton of Los Angeles, Calif., Will Thornton of Memphis, Tenn., Hillary Cook of Flowood, and Neely Cook of Starkville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Miriam Malone Cook and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie L. Cook, and his sister Lessie Cook Mason. 

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Cook may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 ( or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

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