The Edmond Sun
Jack Calvin Cook, 84, of Edmond, Okla. was born July 15, 1928 in Davenport, Okla., to Tom and Dee Cook. He went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2013.
Jack came to Edmond in 1947 to work at G&W Grocery as a butcher. Later that year, he met Kathryn “Kathy” Cook who worked at Barrett’s Drug Store. After meeting her and finding out her last name was also Cook, he boldly told her “she wouldn’t have to change her name when they got married!” Jack and Kathryn were the first couple married in the chapel of the First Christian Church of Edmond on November 27, 1947.
Jack was always a hard worker and had an entrepreneurial spirit. When he was a child, he chopped down a tree and made a wagon out of it so that he and his brothers and sisters would have a toy to enjoy. Jack went into retail in the mid-1950’s, joining TG&Y to operate variety stores. He went on to help develop the Family Center concept of TG&Y and opened the pilot store in Edmond in 1963. In 1973 Jack saw an opportunity and decided to become his own boss when he opened Cook’s Hardware in Bryant Square. Cook’s Hardware became the place to go in Edmond for service and the personal touch that made his business a success.
In 1994 Jack was honored as the Citizen of the Year in Edmond. Jack accomplished all of this without a college degree. His successes in life can be attributed to his great attitude, work ethic, and his faith in God. Jack lost his beautiful bride of 62 years in 2010. They were members of the First United Methodist Church of Edmond for more than 60 years. He kept busy with his passion for sports and being a role model for his family. Holidays were a big deal to Jack because he could spend them enjoying his family. He was a caring, honest, and hardworking man.
Jack is survived by son, Clayton Cook and his wife Sharilyn of Chandler; daughter, Vicki Likes and her husband Merrill of Edmond; four grandchildren: Michelle Glynn and husband Joe of Daytona Beach, Fla., Kassi Colvin and husband Billy of Edmond, Clashar Mooy and husband Jason of Davenport, and Shawna Cook and fiancé Tyler Butler of Chandler; and three great-grandsons Brady Glynn, Easton Butler, and Jason Mooy II. Jack also leaves behind his brother George Cook and sisters Sue “Cookie” Franklin and Daisy Harmon.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathy, and his brothers Ronnie Cook and Roy Cook.
Funeral services for Jack will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Edmond, with interment to follow at New Zion Cemetery in Chandler, Okla. A reception will be 4 -7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.
Memorial donations in honor of Jack may be made to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.crawfordcares.com.