Mr. ‘Bill’ James Henry Cooke, age 81 died at the Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. He was a native of Bertie County. Mr. Cooke served three years with the United States Army during the Korean War stationed in Germany and involved with a medical unit. He was married to Marie Clark on December 24, 1956 and to this marriage was born two sons. Mr. Cooke was employed with Mylcraft for twenty years and later went to Edgecombe Manufacturing where he worked for ten years. He retired from Paul Bruce Manufacturing of Scotland Neck in 1997. He was member of the Rich Square Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge#488 of Rich Square which is now combined with Murfreesboro, NC. Mr. Cooke was a member of the Rich Square Jaycees, Rich Square Rescue Squad and fire department.
Preceding him in death are his mother and father, Reva Jernigan Cooke and Felix Oscar Cooke along with his sister, Margaret Adams
Survivors include his wife, Marie Clark Cooke of the home; two sons, Richard Cooke and his wife Susan of Goldsboro, NC and Tony Cooke and his wife Deanna of Greenville, NC. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Brandon Cooke of Ahoskie, NC, Yuka Akiyama of Goldsboro, NC and Daniel Cooke of Greenville, NC.
Dear Mrs. Cooke,
Bill Cooke was as much Rich Square as my mom and dad and the old neighborhood cannot be the same. He will surely be missed. My sympathy to you and your family.
Bobbie Parker Armstrong
So sorry for your loss.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.Cooke. My prayers and thoughts are with you all
Sending our sympathy – you’re all in our thoughts and prayers.
We were so sorry to hear about Bill. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.
Marie, I extend my condolences to you and the boys on your loss of Bill. Being long time neighbors, you and Bill could always be depended upon to assist my mom whenever needed. My prayers are with you.
Tony, I am very sorry to hear that you lost your father. To you and your family, please accept my condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.