John William Cook


March 5, 1925 - February 16, 2013

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John William Cook, of Daleville, died Saturday, February 16, 2013. He was born March 5, 1925 at Avon, Nelson County, Va., son of John Douglas and Mintie Louise Cook, both now deceased. John is survived by his wife Lou, and three of his five children: Beverly and husband Bill Boyer of Virginia Beach, Va., Vicki and husband Walt Posner of St. Petersburg, Fl. and B. J. and husband Dennis Branan of Esmont, Va., as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sons Steven in 2011 and David in 2009. He is also survived by two sisters Christine Witt of South Boston, Va. and Jean Hatter of Lyndhurst, Va. and one brother Vinton Cook of Waynesboro, Va. His sister, Dorothy, and brothers, Douglas, Phillip, George, Oscar and three infant siblings preceded John in death.

John graduated from Rockfish Valley High School with a Senior Class of 7 boys and 13 girls in 1942. He joined the Marine Corps during World War II and was sent to Duke University for two years studies. While at Duke, he married Lou on 10-24-1944 at the First Baptist Church in Durham, N. C. and they enjoyed an enviably happy union all 68 years.

After World War II he attended the University of Virginia studying Electrical Engineering for one year on the GI Bill, then had to go to work to support a growing family.

He was called back to active duty in the Marines in 1950 during the Korean War and was released in 1952 with the rank of Captain.

Between the Marine Corps tours of duty, he worked as Parts Manager for Virginia Tractor Co. After the Korean War he returned to Virginia Tractor Co. in Waynesboro as Engine Sales Manager, then transferred to Carter Machinery Inc. in Roanoke and then to Bluefield, Va. where he developed and got a U. S. Trademark on the Gen-E-Rec Power Units specifically designed for coal mine power. He later transferred back to Roanoke and specialized in diesel emergency power generator units for hospitals, nursing homes, etc., working with Consulting Engineers writing specifications and Electrical Contractors installing the systems.

John and his family lived for many years in Bluefield, Va., before returning to Roanoke. While in Bluefield, John and Lou were charter members and were instrumental in the organization of Parkview Baptist Church.

He retired at age 55 from Carter Machinery as a minority stockholder, after nearly 30 years of service.

In retirement, John discovered and mastered computers, and set up a computerized accounting system for Bonsack Baptist Church, where he was a long-term member. He also helped many friends with their computers.

He and Lou traveled in all 50 states, a number of European and African countries, plus Bermuda and Costa Rica during his “retirement” years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Oakey’s East Chapel with the Rev. Danny Quirin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Bonsack Baptist Church, 4845 Cloverdale Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019.