George (Ed) Cook, 79

George Edward (Ed) Cook, 79, of Temple, died Tuesday, Jan. 1 at William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 4 at Memorial Baptist Church in Temple, with Dr. R.B. Baker and Rev. Roy Parker officiating. Burial followed in Bellwood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were J. Paul Ferris, Lane Ferris, Jason Ferris, Bradley Ferris, Ronnie Cook and Tony Henrich. Born Nov. 11, 1922 in Brady, he was the son of George Wesley and Gertrude Florence Cook. He was raised and educated in Melvin. He married Verna Mae Ferris on May 23, 1942 in Brady. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre in Germany. After WWII, he was a farmer and rancher in Melvin and managed several cotton gins in Bartlett and Heidenheimer. He was a resident of Temple since 1966. Active in several local, state and national agricultural organizations, he once served as president of the Texas Cotton Ginners Association. He was also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, Woodmen of the World, AARP, and VFW Post 1820. He was a member and deacon of Memorial Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Verna Mae Cook of Temple; a daughter, Bettie Cook Garner of Denton; two sons, Eddie Earl Cook of Heiden-heimer and Garland Wayne Cook of McGregor; a brother, Raymon Cook of Melvin; two sisters, Myrtle Shafer and Nola Sexton, both of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Wesley and Gertrude Florence Cook, and a brother, Walter Cook of Melvin. Memorials can be sent to Memorial Baptist Church, 801 South 13th, Temple, Tex. 76504.

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