Donald Alfred Cook, Sr.

Donald Alfred Cook, Sr., 72, of Edinburg, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA.  The funeral will be held Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church near Edinburg.  Pastors Katie Gosswein and John F. Taylor Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cook was born February 24, 1939 in Edinburg, son of the late Homer Samuel Cook and Rebecca Wakeman Cook.  He was owner and operator of Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock, in which he started his business in August of 1959 and he was also a farmer.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Hunter Lodge #135 in Edinburg, Winchester Shrine Club, Shenandoah Lodge No. 82 I.O.O.F. and charter member of Woodstock Moose Lodge #575.

He was a loving Husband, Father, Father-n-Law, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend who made a special place in each one of our hearts. He loved to go to work, and his bright smile, as he greeted his customers was often told to be contagious.

He suffered with many health problems but would always say he was “great”. His strong will kept him going as he persevered.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Dellinger Cook whom he married on October 28,1962; daughter, Kimberly Cook George and her husband Dennis D. of Edinburg; son, Donald A. “Donnie” Cook Jr. of Edinburg; sister, Gloria Cook Markley and her husband Gary of Edinburg; brother, Dwight Henry Cook and his wife, Peggy of Edinburg; four grandchildren, Dustin Paige George and his wife, Sara of Woodstock, Erin Brooke George and her fiancé, Adam Waybright of Edinburg, Allison Nichole George of Edinburg and Jamison Rebecca Cook of Edinburg and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Stephens.

Pallbearers will be Dustin George, Adam Waybright, Otie Ryman, Lloyd Shirkey, Joey Menefee, Darrin “Toby” Markley, Darrell Cook and Sterling Stephens.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Shenandoah Lodge No. 82, I.O.O.F.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-9 PM (correction on the time). at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.  A Masonic service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, c/o 2471 Cave Ridge Road, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 or Wakeman’s Grove Church of the Brethren, 668 Wakeman’s Grove Church Road, Edinburg, VA 22824 or charity of choice.

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8 Condolences to Donald Alfred Cook, Sr.

  1. Charles Wampler Family says:

    Dear Loved Ones, Words cannot express the sadness we feel at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    With sincere sympathy, Charlie Wampler and Family

  2. Reginald D. Arno (Reggie) says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire family… He has been a lifelong friend to me, as well as to my family and relatives… His personality and lifelong commitment to society will be sorely missed… I know that it was my Uncle Frank (Frank Clifton Evans) which loaned Donnie and Dwight $500.00 to start their original business at the old Esso Service station next to my ancestors homeplace in Edinburg… He told my father (now deceased) and me that if it had not been for Uncle Frank and his kindness and generosity, they would never had started in the service station business… Look how they grew in Woodstock and Edinburg… I will miss him terribly and his outgoing personality… What a compliment he exhibited to our area and to society… Reggie Arno Danville VA…

  3. Tabatha Dellinger and Doug Huffman says:

    May the love of Uncle Donald go on. He was an amazing man and a loving member of our family. He will be greatly missed but always remembered for the laughter he brought to our family. I can honestly say that Uncle Donald taught me one amazing lesson in life and that was to work hard but always put yourself and your family first. He was a believer in family and a hard worker. I remember the times he would ask me, what I would want to be in life and I would simply laugh and say “I don’t know.” He never judged just simply laughed and said “you be whoever you want to be, but don’t forget where you came from.” He will be greatly missed, but I know he will rise above and wear his halo with honor.

  4. Rocky & Malinda Rudolph says:

    We are so sorry to hear the news of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jane Eye Rosenberger says:

    To Eleanor and Family
    I am sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Mike and Joyce Clanahan says:

    To all the members of Don’s family,

    We will never all the times and late nights we shared back in the days when we were involved in farming. Donald will be missed by us as we know how very much he will be missed by his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. However we hope that you know that he is in a place where there is no more suffering and pain. This thought certainly helped us recently.


    Donald was such a wonderful person always with a smile and laugh. He will be missed by all that ever met him.


    Donald was such a wonderful person always with a smile and laugh. He will be missed by all. Our sympathy goes out to all the family.