Johnny M. Cook
July 22, 2011
Reflections from the Family by Doretha Dye Williams
If we were artists, with a pallet of many colors, a canvas and paint brushes set before us, we would paint a portrait of this man called Johnny M. Cook. It would be a portrait as magnificent as one the great artist Michelangelo could have painted. Since we are not artists, we will paint Johnny’s portrait with descriptive adjectives. He was the devoted husband of Mary Deloris Cook; father of Donnell, James, Louie, Mary, Brenda, Gary, Johnny Jr., Rayfield, Shirley, Barbara and Michael; stepfather of Rodney and Robert and a grandfather and great grandfather to many. Johnny was also the brother-in-law of Clarence E. and Doretha Dye Williams. He was a special friend and neighbor to Aunt Mary Tarry plus a host of others.
We could also describe Johnny as a wise, strong and gentle man with a forgiving nature. He loved to attend church and did so as long as he was able. You could count on seeing him at the morning, noon and evening services. Johnny loved people and they, in turn, loved him. He experienced many ups and downs during his 91 years on this earth, but the love of God was in his heart and always covered his downs.
Johnny ran his race, he finished his course; and he lived to live again. He was a great singer, we can imagine hearing him singing in the distance, the words of this song:
I just want to make it to Heaven
I just want to see my name signed in the Book of Life
I just want to hear God say servant well done
You can come on in.
The family has many things to remember about Johnny. We Remember Johnny’s
• Baby Blue Eyes (His wife Mary)
• Skillful Harmonica Playing (His Grandchildren)
• Daily Prayers and Devotion (His Family)
• Singing (His Family)
• Gum chewing (His Grandson)
A Graveside and Committal Service for Mr. Johnny Cook will be held on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., Bethel Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia (map, directions), Evangelist James Parker, officiating.
Arrangements by Phillip Bell Sr. and Winona Morrissette-Johnson P.A.
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