John Andrew Cook

September 13, 1947 - April 26, 2023


Obituary For John Andrew Cook

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John Andrew Cook, age 75, residing in Wake Forest, NC, died on April 26, 2023 from heart disease. John was born on September 13, 1947 to Ralph Laverne Cook and Gladys Healy Cook, who preceded him in death.

He grew up in Champaign-Urbana, IL. After graduating from Champaign High School in 1965, John went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama, and a second in Theology, at Monmouth College (1969). He then received his Master in Education of Exceptional Children degree from the University of Georgia (1974), and later earned a Master degree in School Administration from Appalachian State University (2006). John served as a Platoon Sergeant for the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion in the US Army from 1969-1971.

John is survived by his wife, Ilona Cook and their daughter, Lauren Michelle Cook; former wife, Cynthia Dare and their children, Alice Mary Smith (husband, Matthew) and Andrew Dare Cook (wife, Maria). Grandsons: Evan Edge Smith and Asher Hart Smith (Nashville, TN), Anderson Vaughn Cook, and Oliver Miles Cook (Jackson, MI). He is also survived by his brother, James Ralph Cook (wife, Kay); nieces, Kristen Cook Oliver, Karyn Cook Milhous, and Kimberly Cook Anglemyer.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home (7615 Six Forks Rd) in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Visitation will be from 12-1pm and the service from 1-2pm.

The family requests that any cards or flowers be sent to the funeral home listed above.


2 May

Viewing and Visitation

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
2 May

Funeral Service

01:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
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  • April 30, 2023

    I am going to miss my dear friend. Illona, Lauren, Alice, and Andrew; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • April 28, 2023

    Alice and Andrew we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We have great memories of John and Ilona and our time in Paintsville. Your dad loved you both with his whole heart and only wanted the best for you. Find comfort in your memories. Bob and Jana Gillstrom.

  • April 28, 2023

    To encompass the best aspects of those who came before us is to allow them to give us their greatest gifts. May the best of this man who was so dear to your life- and each treasured moment- be with you in all your days, as surely as a loved one's spirit continues in the secret places of our hearts.


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    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you find moments of peace and sweet memories in your sorrow. With much love, Ariana, Erin and Jessi

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