John Robert Cook, Sr.

Sunrise: January 14, 1932

Sunset: June 11, 2018

John Robert Cook, Sr. went to his home on Monday, June 11, 2018 after a brief stay in the hospital. Born on January 14, 1932 in Norfolk, Virginia to Vinnie Cook Burrell and John Atkin. John received his formal education in Norfolk a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. He received his bachelor’s Degree from Winton Salam State University. He also serviced in the military. (Army) John worked with Local 1248 for 27 years. (Retired) He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lamberts Point at a young age until he moved his membership to First Baptist Church Bute Street. He was a faithful and loyal member. He served in the Male Choir and the Chancel Choir. John loved music and singing was his first love. He song with the Cook Family Singers for 14 years and with The Voices of Norfolk Concert Choir for 40 years. He
was known for his Dynamic voice and he used it to the glory of God. John also was a member of The Tux Club of Norfolk for over 30 years. (The Life of the Party) Affectionately known as “Cook” or “Uncle Edward”, John dearly loved his family and had a heart of compassion for the younger family members. Everyone who came in contact with him was inspired by his fun-loving spirit and his zest for life and his singing.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria J. W. Cook; his parents, Vinnie Cook Burwell and John Atkins; a sister, Elaine Murrell; brother, Roy Burnwell; aunts, Evelyn Jennings, Alice Johnson, Clarice Branch; three uncles, Rufus, Willard and Willie, Sr. John leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Princess L. C. Boykins; son, John R. Cook, Jr.; two grandchildren, William S. Boykins, III and John R. Cook, III; a great-granddaughter, Zalah Boykins; son in law, William S. Boykins, Jr.; daughter in law, Vonda S.S. Cook; brother, John M. Atkins; nephew, Terrence Murrell; great-niece, Emaya Murrell; uncle, Alfred Johnson, Jr. and a host of cousins and Friends. A Special Friend Mrs. Mable Eure.

Viewing Friday, June 15, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Avenue Family Receiving Friends Friday, June 15, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Avenue Service Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:00am First Baptist Church Bute Street 418 E. Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6309 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23504

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    Deborah "Taylor" Mapp says

    To the Cook Family:
    Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts as you say, “So long” to one so dear. May God comfort each of you as only He can. Keep him in your heart.

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    Dr. and Mrs. Archie W. Earl and Family says

    To: The Family of Mr. Cook,
    We were sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Cook. We know how close you were to him and the influence he had on your lives. We feel blessed to have known him. He will truly be missed. Remember, for as long as we have memories, he lives. May God give the family strength, peace, and comfort.

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    Boris and Lisa Banks says

    To the family of John Cook Sr…May God in his infinite wisdom, grace and mercy, give you peace. Boris and I were blessed to see Mr.Cook enjoying life and raising funds for scholarships to benefit college bound seniors this year.
    He has left a legacy which will live on through all of you and others whose lives he has touched. Please continue the work. Be encouraged family. We love you.

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    Evelyn Roberts says

    Great is the power of the mind
    And only God can make us kind
    And all we are and hope to be
    Is empty pride and vanity
    If love is not a part of all
    Then the greatest man is very small
    John Cook was a great man who has done a great work. With love Aunt Evelyn

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    Dani says

    I’m truly sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Please remember the promise made to us in John 5:28,29…All those in the memorial tombs will hear Christ voice and come out..Soon we will see our loved ones again

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    Theodore Nicholson says

    Condolences to the Cook, Mr. Cook was truly a great man of faith. He will be missed.❤❤❤

    Love Mr. & Mrs. Theodore aka Don Nicholson.

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    Cristie Heard says

    Condolences to the family Mr cook was a well liked man that was a good friend to my grandmother peace and blessing may your would R.I.P ( hug my mom for me )

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    JudithTaylor Boatwright says

    My prayers and condolences to the family during this difficult time!! May God’s peace and love uplift each of you during this time of loss of a wonderful man .

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    Kislene Peebles says

    Cook family : John Jr and Wonda , Princess Ann and Williiam and to all the familly I’m so sorry for your lost and for not being there in this moment. I hope God give to all of you Peace and confort to all hearts. I’ll always remember of him with a smile on his face . I didn’t have chance to see you again dear friend😓😓😂😂🙏🙏

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