HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Walter Ray Cooke Sr. of McDade Road in Hephzibah died on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at his home. He was 76 years old. In keeping with Mr. Cooke's wishes, no services will be held. Mr. Cooke is survived by his children, Brenda C. Garcia of North Augusta, Jasper Cooke and his wife Judith N., of Thomson; Walter Ray Cooke Jr. of Hephzibah, Robert Wayne Cook and his wife Patricia S., of Blythe, Wanda Jean Angelle and her husband Doug, of Port Arthur, Texas, Roger S. Cooke and his wife Judy, of Lincolnton, Erma M. Cooke and her spouse Heather, of Jacksonville, North Carolina; his sister, Harriet Kraweic, of Vineland, New Jersey; his grandchildren, Faye, Jessica, David, Jennifer, Brandey, Brook, Kimberley, Lisa, Walter III, Maximilian, Alexander, Christopher, Bryanna, Wyatt, and Wesley; his great-grandchildren, James, Dominique, Miaya, Hannah, Angelina, Treven, Alexandrea, and Jody Jr. Mr. Cooke was preceded in death by his wife, Erma M. Cooke and his granddaughter, Patricia II. Mr. Cooke was retired as SFC from the United States Army after 23 years of service. He served in both Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct, 4th Award, Vietnam Service medal with a bronze star and an Army Commendation medal with 1st oak cluster. After retiring from the Army, he enjoyed working in construction, fishing, hunting, travelling, and mostly goofing off with his family. Special thanks to Jessica Green for all of your support with taking care of Mr. Cooke. For memorials the family suggests the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd, Augusta 30909, or online at www.cancer. org. The Poteet Funeral Home, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, 706.798.8886 was in charge of the arrangements. Friends may sign the online guest register at www.poteetfuneralhomes.com .
The Augusta Chronicle-January 3, 2010