Joe Jones Cook, 86, of North Wilkesboro went to be with his Lord and savior on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem following a long battle with many illnesses.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Lewis Fork Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dwayne Andrews and the Rev. Sherrill Wellborn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m. at the church Saturday, prior to the funeral.

Mr. Cook was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Watauga County to John Paul and Pearl Jones Cooke, spending his childhood in the Maple Springs community of Wilkes County. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean War, earning six medals. He retired from Wilkes County, having worked as manager of the Wilkes County Landfill. Joe was a member of Lewis Fork Baptist Church and had a special love for the Tuesday morning prayer meetings, as well as enjoying teaching Sunday School for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn June Cooke Foster, as well as many close friends.

Joe is survived by his loving high school sweetheart and wife, Dorathy, of the home; his sons, Barry (Vickie) Cook of Hamptonville, Chuck (Tonya) Cook of Wilkesboro; and a daughter Lisa (Joe) Neave of Millers Creek. He was proudly Papa Joe to his grandchildren, Malcolm (Brooke) Neave, Ben (Caitlin) Cook, Jacob (Krista) Cook, Julia Cook and Olivia Cook, plus his great-grandson, John Andrew Cook.

He is also survived by his sister, Francis (John) Caudill of Millers Creek; a brother, Bob (Joyce) Cooke of Goldsboro; his brothers-in-law, Kerley (Peggy) Baker and James Harold (Louise) Pierce; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Lewis Fork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 395 Lewis Fork Baptist Church Road, Purlear, N.C. 28665.

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