William “”Bill”” Henry Cook Jr., 84, of Rogersville went home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2009. Born in Charleston, S.C., Bill was the son of Eula Idella Knight and William Henry Cook Sr. Bill was preceded in death by his two sisters, Betty Jenkins of Huntsville and Eula Mae Hutson of Charleston. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ada Willoughby Cook; his five children, Janice Dean, Jane Tidwell, Glenn Cook, Nancy Lindsey, and Dennis Cook; his 11 grandchildren; and his two brothers, John Edward Cook of Cropwell and James E. Cook of Plant City, Fla. Bill graduated from Epworth Orphanage High School in 1942. He enlisted in the submarine service in World War II to defend his country, serving as a fire control technician on the USS Toro in the South Pacific Theater. After World War II, Bill returned to Charleston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel. He moved his family to Huntsville in 1956 to begin work for the U.S. Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. After 37 years of service as a federal employee with the U.S. military, Bill retired in 1980 and moved to Rogersville. Shortly thereafter, he became active in serving his Lord through North Alabama Emmas Christian Walks and Kiros Prison Ministries. Bill enjoyed sharing and celebrating with others his “”divine healing from cancer”” in his Christian witness. A lifelong Methodist, Bill was an active member of Holmes Street United Methodist Church in Huntsville, First Methodist Church in Florence, and Rogersville United Methodist Church in Rogersville. Bill’s fondest enjoyments involved his five children, 11 grandchildren, gardening and fishing. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Rogersville United Methodist Church. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. The family will also receive friends from 2:30 p.m. Saturday Valhalla Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville with chapel services to be at 3 p.m. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, S.C. 29205. Tags: 1950

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