Thomas Ross Cook

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Thomas Ross Cook, age 71, passed away at home on Oc­to­ber 17, 2018. Tom was born Septem­ber 30, 1947, son of Vir­ginia Mur­ray Cook and Wil­bur Allen Cook.

Tom grew up in Char­lotte, grad­u­ated from My­ers Park High School in 1965 and at­tended the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Char­lotte where he earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence. Tom proudly served his coun­try dur­ing the Tet Of­fen­sive of the Viet­nam War as a sol­dier in the United States Army and re­ceived an hon­or­able dis­charge Oc­to­ber 2, 1972.

Tom thought of him­self as an ev­ery­day guy, one who had peo­ple and things he loved in life. He loved his fam­ily, church, and friends. He was a mem­ber of First Pres­by­te­rian Church for 30 years and served as a faith­ful Dea­con and El­der. He en­joyed vol­un­teer­ing for sound­board duty and was a pro­po­nent of the Tele­vi­sion Min­istry.

Tom was in­stru­men­tal in re­ac­ti­vat­ing Boy Scout Troop 16 at First Pres­by­te­rian. He would be the first to ad­mit he pushed the rules, but he be­lieved scouts should have a good time and should also aim high, for the rank of Ea­gle, which many ac­com­plished. He loved base­ball and thought the best game in town was only as far as the near­est lit­tle league field. Tom served his com­mu­nity as a Lit­tle League coach for many years and mem­ber of the Board of My­ers Park Trin­ity Lit­tle League. Tom was a gen­er­ous fa­ther and he was grate­ful to have coached all three of his sons and proud of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport.

Golf­ing with friends at Cedar­wood Coun­try Club was a fa­vorite pas­time. Tom liked the beauty of a golf course. While he didn’t take his golf game too se­ri­ously, he did rel­ish scor­ing a hole-in­one sev­eral years ago.

Tom spent his ca­reer in in­dus­trial sales. He en­joyed small busi­ness and in 1997 be­gan build­ing Safety Re­source, Inc. He brought his adult sons into the busi­ness where he served as Pres­i­dent un­til his death.

Tom is sur­vived by his wife of 40 years, Glenna Daven­port Cook; sons, Thomas Ross Cook, Jr. and his wife, El­iz­a­beth and grand­daugh­ter Evans; Trevor Allen Cook, and his wife, Su­san­nah and grand­daugh­ter, Lila; and Cole­man Flem­ing Cook, all of Char­lotte; sis­ters, Mary Cook Mills and Pa­tri­cia Cook Kal­lam; brothers, Wil­bur Allen Cook, Jr. and Wil­liam Allen Cook; nieces and neph­ews, Nolan Mills, Lee Ham, De­bra Kal­lam, Mark Kal­lam, Katie McKay and Car­son Reis; un­cle, Ross Stan­ley Mur­ray, wife Merry of San Diego; and nu­mer­ous great nieces and neph­ews.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice to cel­e­brate Tom’s life will be held at 2: 00 PM on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2018 at First Pres­by­te­rian Church. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends in the Wood Fel­low­ship Hall fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

In lieu of f low­ers con­tri­bu­tions may be made to First Pres­by­te­rian Church Tele­vi­sion Min­istry,

200 West Trade Street, Char­lotte NC 28202 or My­ers Park Trin­ity Lit­tle League at mptll. org

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Funeral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices. com.

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