The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 27, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 27, 2013


Theodore A. ‘Ted’ Crook Jr.

Theodore A. “Ted” Crook Jr., 92, of Cool Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at his home following an extended illness.

Born December 11, 1920, in Blue Jay, W.Va., to the late Theodore A. Crook Sr. and Zora Phillips Crook.

He attended Shady Spring High School until the 11th grade and then went on to Beckley College Vo-Tech where he was certified as a welder and electrician. He than later on taught welding at the school.

Mr. Crook was a member of UMWA and worked as a coal miner for over 24 years. He was a member of New Haven Baptist Church. One of his enjoyments in life was fishing and hunting. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He taught many of his grandsons the love of outdoor sports at an early age. It was always such a great thrill for him when his grandchildren visited. Not only did he enjoy outdoor sports, he also enjoyed gardening and cutting hay at his farm for himself and for others. He was also known for giving his children and grandchildren nicknames; this was his way of showing his love.

The love he had for his children will always be passed from generation to generation; also his Christian manners were taught to his children and to others that crossed his path of life. Within his 92 years of life he has said goodbye to many and he often spoke to others about being prepared to meet the Lord. Ted was also the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years prior to her passing, Mrs. Louise Ernestine Crook; son, Edward Lee Crook; and a grandson, Raymond Theodore Farley.

Those surviving include his children, Deanna Meador of Hico, Delores L. Pate (Dave) of Athens, La., Alice Matherly (Carlos) of Blue Jay Six and Tommy Ray Crook (Sarah) of Layland, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Margaret Ashworth; and also a host of nieces, nephews and many friends survive him.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the New Haven Baptist Church in Cool Ridge with Rev. Greg Lilly officiating. Interment will follow at the Crook Cemetery at Blue Jay Six.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Evening visitation will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family insists donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive in Beckley.

The family also wishes to extend a special thanks to the hospice nurses that gave Dad the care and love during his illness. They were not only his nurses, but they became his friends. Also, to Darlene Bennett who gave him love and care. She too was more than just a nurse; she was also a “dear” friend. And lastly, a special thank you to Rev. Greg Lilly, who was always a support with Dad and to the family. In his last days, Rev. Lilly quoted, “He made impressions on our hearts.” He will be sadly missed.

Private online condolences are available to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.

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