Alvin William Cook

Alvin William Cook, 78, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012 at his home.  The funeral will be held Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke Brethren Church.  Reverends Freddie Helsley and Howard Lutz will officiate.  Burial with military honors by Edinburg VFW #2447 and Woodstock American Legion Post #199 will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cook was born July 11, 1934 in St. Luke, son of the late Carl and Thelma George Cook.  He was a 1952 graduate of Woodstock High School and an Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was formerly employed at Safeway for 39 years and C.E. Thompson for 11 years.   He was a member, trustee and deacon of St. Luke Brethren Church, member of Gideon’s International, Edinburg V.F.W. #2447,  Woodstock American Legion Post #199 and Walkers Cash Store Breakfast Club.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Frye Cook.

Alvin loved family get togethers and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.  He loved his church family and traveling especially to West Virginia. He loved farming and his  John Deere A Tractor, hunting, auto racing and watching RFD TV.

He is survived by his wife, Bettie Pence Cook; three daughters, Rhonda  Rau and husband Ronnie  of Edinburg, Anita Mowery and husband  Vic  of Toms Brook, Donna Copenhaver and husband  Wade of St. Luke; two sons, Davey  Cook and wife Karen of Mt. Hermon and Danny  Cook and wife April  of St. Luke;  three brothers, Larry Cook and Nelson Cook both of St. Luke and Dwight Cook of Seaford, Delaware;  10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Paul Racey, Jim Racey, Larry Richard, Clay Cook, Curtis Heltzel and Sam Heishman.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Joshua Rau, Becky Tinsley, Jennifer Mowery, Jason Mowery, Kristina Copenhaver, Sarah Copenhaver , Donal Cook, Cassie Cook, Caleb Cook and Clarissa Cook.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Brethren Church Building Fund, 3250 Back Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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5 Condolences to Alvin William Cook

  1. Jerome Golson says:

    To The Family of Alvin William Cook,
    I would like to extend my condolences to you all. During difficult times such as these, we could all use a little comfort. I can say that although I did not have the personal privilege of knowing Mr. Cook, I too know the pain of losing someone whom you love so dearly. I have and still am able to find comfort through God’s promise of a resurrection by means of His son Christ Jesus. Very soon Jesus will “call out to all those in their memorial tombs and they will hear his voice and come out.”-John 5:28,29. What joyous time we have to look forward to when we can reunite with all those we’ve lost in death….to be able hold and embrace them once again. This is a promise that I hold close to my heart and mind. I hope you will do the same as you dwell kindly in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace.
    With deepest sympathy.

  2. John Edward Heishman says:

    Alvin’s accidental death is totally tragic, and for me, almost unbelievable. It is most deeply saddening to me- a huge loss.

    Alvin Cook was one of my very BEST FRIENDS IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

    Alvin and I started to school together at St. Luke school and we attended school together all the way through high school.
    Alvin and I used to play cowboys in grade school. We brought our leather holsters and plastic 6 shooters to school and played at recess and lunch time. Alvin and I rode our bikes to school a lot. Mr. Fravel, the teacher, let me ride with Alvin back to Alvin’s farm one day to get something.
    Alvin and I always volunteered to put up and take down the American flag at school.-it took the two of us to fold it.
    After the fourth grade we played baseball at recess and lunch time whenever the weather was good enough. Alvin always beat me eating lunch and made it to the play yard first.
    Sometimes we were lucky enough to have a nickel or dime and would go to the William Foltz store across from the school and get a candy bar, soda pop, or a cream sickle or chock cow ice cream.

    Alvin used to drive his father’s dump truck to high school on some occasions which was something I couldn’t do was drive a vehicle at the time. In high school Alvin was a member of the Future Farmers of America.
    Alvin worked for Safeway grocery stores in Fairfax and Falls Church , VA for a long number of years, and later on he transferred to the new Safeway store in Woodstock.

    Alvin bought the Carl Keller farm on Wisman Road off of Back Road about a mile and a half from my homeplace on Back Road. Alvin made a lot of improvements to the house. He had a natural flowing spring with great water.
    Alvin raised top (shoats) pigs on his farm. There was one occasion he borrowed my father’s male hg for breeding purposes.

    The last time I saw Alvin was at the 55th Class reunion in Edinburg. Alvin drew out of the hat a winning ticket and was crowned King of the senior prom enactment . Alvin was sort of bashful as he was most of the time when something similar took place.

    Alvin was a very honest, decent, respectable, likeable, and a very pleasant person. Everyone I ever knew liked Alvin and respected him very highly. Alvin will most certanly be missed.
    This accident is a case of “how uncertain life can be”. Alvin attended church, was a Christain, and led a respectful life.

    I pray that Alvin is, “Today in paradise with his maker, our LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS THE CHRIST.

  3. Robert L Ritenour, Jr. says:

    It is with a sad heart that I think about Alvin’s death. I was a very good friend of Alvin. I didn’t get to see him very often. I live in Newport News, VA. Class reunions and special gatherings was about it. We did Graduate from Woodstoch High School in 1952. A true Friend, God Bless.

  4. Charlotte Roe says:

    To the Cook Family…We are so very sorry for your loss. Alvin was a very sweet man and will be sorely missed. Keeping you in our prayers and thinking of you daily.

  5. Robinson Family says:

    :We are sending our condolences for your great lost.As a family that has suffered the same pain, we would like to share a scripture that bought great comfort to our family. This scripture helped us to see that all is not lost at death because John 5:28,29 says that soon our love ones will be resurrected to life.As we await the fulfillment of this promise may the God of comfort, comfort you.- Robinson Family of Elizabeth, NJ