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William Edwin Cook, August 13, 1936~September 6, 2016

William Edwin Cook of West Fork, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Washington Regional Medical Center in the presence of his two sons. Bill was born August 13, 1936 to Daisy Johnson Cook and Oliver Edwin Cook. Bill was an accomplished welder and one of the Greatest Welders in American History. He was a welding instructor at West Campus High School for over 30 years, a favorite of faculty and loved by students. He attended the University of Arkansas. He loved horses and raised horses and became a ferrier to the equestrian community. Survived by his two sons, Kevin Cook and Lance Cook; and daughter, Nicole Cook; and he loved his six grandchildren; his sister, Veda Rockwell; brother, Larry Cook; two nieces, Dr. Valerie Rockwell and Gwen Rockwell Thomas; and two cousins in Yukon, Oklahoma.

Memorial services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

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    Name » 07. Sep, 2016

    I taught schoo at west campus will bill for years agreat teacher andwelder will be mssed dv nutt

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    Name » 07. Sep, 2016

    a good friend a better teacher the best welder and loved my many students I enjoyed working with this man wasn”t any better god bless dv nutt horturliure

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    Name » 07. Sep, 2016

    Mr. Cook was a great teacher and man he knew my grandfather and mother they also thought he was a great man he sure will be missed. God bless his family now.,,

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    Jena ( harris ) muddiman » 08. Sep, 2016

    So sorry to hear this bill will be missed

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    Billy Dunn » 08. Sep, 2016

    Bill Cook was my welding teacher at west campus my sophomore, junior and senior years. He started out as my instructor but became my mentor and one of the best friends I ever had. He was loved very much by all of his students and will be missed by us all. With a sad and very heavy heart i will say goodbye and thank you to one of the most wonderful and caring men i have ever had the privilege of knowing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    Sadie Garcia » 08. Sep, 2016

    Mr. Cook was one of the best men that I have ever known in my entire life! He came to the hospital when I had my son and he made me feel wanted & loved during some of the worst times of my teenage life. He had so much impact on so many of us kids and I can never thank him enough for all that he did for me. He will be forever missed. I send my sincere heartfelt prayers and hugs to all of his family.

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    Don Hardgrave » 08. Sep, 2016

    A few days ago there was a notice in the Summit Daily Newspaper……it said…..on Sept. 6 part of Highway 9 will be closed for a cattle drive. Bill would have loved and laughed at this. Bill was a cowboy…..a real one, not a fake one. He loved dogs and he loved horses, he loved to tell stories and he loved the west. He was……..the real deal. He couldn’t get enough of western novels and in his early days he spent time out west welding and doing some of the hardest work you can find. I first met Bill long before we worked together at West Campus. I lived in Farmington at the time and his Mom and Dad lived next door to me. Then we had classes together at the UA…..we spent time together at the D-Lux…..and then worked together for decades. He did many things for me….more than I ever did for him. HE was one of a kind. I cared deeply for him and I valued his friendship. Lance, Kevin, and Nicole your Father was a fine man, one that you can always be proud of. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry I can’t be there for you as I am in Colorado at present, but know I will be there in spirit.

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    Emma Johnson » 09. Sep, 2016

    I had just started working as the Administrative Assistant to the Director at West Campus, I had not yet met Bill Cook. We had a bomb threat at lunch and it turned out to be a very stressful time for me. I had read the procedures to follow, but I was torn between following orders from someone on campus that was in charge or what I had read. I ended up going with the procedures. The fire department and police came down and they took over. Checking all the buildings and finally giving the go ahead for students and teachers to return to classes. They had me go down to the lounge and surrounded me around the table and started asking questions of why it took so long to make the calls. I explained over and over for almost two hours. Bill came in the lounge twice during that time standing there looking at them and me. I would glance at him and he would wink at me and leave. When I returned to my office I sat at my desk thinking oh man, I maybe fired. I was so nervous and scared. Then I noticed the same man that had winked at me in the lounge coming down the hall, he was carrying a sack and drink. He walked in my office, put the sack and drink on my desk and said, “I am so sorry.” He just turned and walked back down the hall. I looked in the sack and saw my favorite thing to eat when I am stressed, chili cheese fries, of course I started to cry. My friend came out of her office and I asked who he was and how did he know what I liked? She said he came and asked her what he could get me to eat that I would like. What a wonderful way to meet a nice man, who became a good friend. Months after that he nicknamed me Hon and called me that even after he retired. I will miss you Bill and over the years have thought of you often. Lance, Kevin and Nicole I wish I could be there on Saturday, but I am in Colorado, my thoughts and prayers will be with you not just on Saturday but months to come.

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    Jack Drain » 09. Sep, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

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    Nila Myers Shackelford » 10. Sep, 2016

    Sorry for your loss, Bill was a great man.He will be missed. I was a student at West Campus in the early 70′s. Your Grandmother Daisy Cook was my instructor. A wonderful lady, she taught me a lot about life. You kids are blessed to have had such a wonderful Dad and Grandma. Your in my thoughts and prayers. ..

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    Chalen Newby » 10. Sep, 2016

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember taking care of his lawn years ago. He was a great person and I am happy to have known him

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    Jonathan Hoodenpyle » 10. Sep, 2016

    Sorry to here about your loss. My prayers go out to the family.

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    Anonymous » 11. Sep, 2016

    Bill cook was a really nice man and will be missed i enjoyed the high school years with him and the friendship after

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    Martha Agee » 12. Sep, 2016

    Mr. Cook was an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. I know many former students who were discouraged about school and wanting to drop out who developed a different outlook after being in Mr. Cook’s classes. Many have gone on to have successful careers in welding and/or in other fields. He helped them develop a different outlook on life.

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    Thomas Triplett » 17. Sep, 2016

    Bill was one of a kind. A good man, who had a positive impact on many young lives. His impact will be felt for many years to come. I am honored to say that I knew him.