MANSFIELD, Texas - Ernest William "Bill" Cook, 76, formerly of Puxico, Mo., died Feb. 12, 2003, at the Arlington Hospital in Arlington.
Born April 22, 1926, in Puxico, son of the late Ernest A. and Mattie Burge Cook, he was a graduate of Puxico High School, an electrical trade school in St. Louis, and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. A U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He lived for many years in Texas where he was a member of the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church of Mansfield. He was also a member of the Puxico Masonic Lodge No. 585 for 53 years and the Scottish Rite of Fort Worth.
On March 8, 1947, in Paragould, Ark., he married Kathryn Marie "Kay" Harbin who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: 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.
Friends may call Monday at the Brown Cemetery near Puxico where graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. with the Rev. Wiley McGhee of Puxico officiating. Masonic Rites provided by the Puxico Masonic Lodge will be conducted at the cemetery.
Burial will follow with Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.