ARLINGTON, Texas - Ernest William "Bill" Cook, 76, formerly of Puxico, Mo., died Feb. 12, 2003, at the Arlington Hospital in Arlington.
Born April 22, 1926, at Puxico to the late Ernest A. and Mattie Burge Cook, he had lived in Texas for many years and was a member of the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church of Mansfield. A member of the Puxico Masonic Lodge 585 for 53 years, he was a member of the Scottish Rite of Fort Worth. He was a graduate of Puxico High School, Electrical Trade School in St. Louis and the Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. A veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
On March 8, 1947, in Paragould, Ark., he married Kathryn Marie "Kay" Harbin, who survives of Mansfield.
Other survivors are: three sons, David Cook of Cody, Wyo., Randy Cook of Burkburnett and Mike Cook of Mansfield; one daughter, Nancy Preston of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Paul Cook of Puxico; two sisters, Betty Calvert of Garland and Lois Sifford of Cynthiana, Ky.; and six grandchildren and eight-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Brown Cemetery near Puxico with the Rev. Wiley McGhee of Puxico officiating. Masonic rites will be provided by the Puxico Masonic Lodge and full military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard of Butler County.
Burial will follow under the directions of Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Puxico.