The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013



Bessie Lee Cook

Bessie Lee Cook, 79, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, after a long illness.

Bessie was born May 21, 1933, at Sundial, a daughter of the late Clinton and Maggie Raines Brown. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Bearfield, Fannie Pettry, Rosa Cook, and one brother, Minnis Brown and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Cook.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 62-1⁄2 years, James Dal Cook; three daughters, Rose Mary Miciotto and husband, John of Beckley, Carol Dulin and husband, Benjamin of Glen Daniel, Charlotte Turner and husband, Joe of Glen Daniel; two sons, Jimmy Cook of Naoma and Daryl Cook and wife, Jackie of Naoma; 11 grandchildren, Robert Peters Jr, Jeffery Peters, Wesley Peters, Stacy Agnor, Rosa Lee White, JC Cook, Jennifer Dulin, Thomas Dulin, Daren Cook, Lora Cook, Joey Turner; 15 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their love for caregivers, Daryl and Jackie Cook and Sherry Workman.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church, Fairdale, with the Rev. David Cook, the Rev. TJ Salango and the Rev. Thomas Dulin officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. Dean Adams and Heather Peters. Interment will follow at Adkins Cemetery, Naoma.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers

Visitation will be two hours before the service at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.



Rev. Douglas MacArthur Cook

On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, our beloved Douglas MacArthur Cook, 70, of Midway, passed away after a sudden illness.

Born on April 30, 1942, at Slab Fork, to the late William Gordon Cook and the late Frances Louise Gibson Cook, Doug was 1960 graduate of Sophia High School and a lifelong supporter of his Bluehawks. He enjoyed working on the reunion committee and attending all the reunions he was able to, so he could catch up with his high school buddies.

Doug attended the New Mexico Highlands University in New Mexico briefly after high school and lived in Arlington, Va., during the first couple of years of his marriage, but chose to come back to the hills of West Virginia that he called home. He worked for J.O. Lively Construction Co., as a foreman and as a teacher and principal at Sophia Christian Academy.

Doug was an Ordained Free Will Baptist minister and was honored to pastor several churches in the surrounding communities over the years. He enjoyed mentoring young Christians and started classes to help those young converts in their walk with God. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar and loved gospel and bluegrass music.

He shared his love of small coal mining towns with his family, talking about the history of the communities. One of Doug’s favorite pastimes was driving his Polaris Ranger all over the hills of Midway, Sophia, Stotesbury, Pemberton and Princewick.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was the rock of his family.

Along with his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Elaine Cook and Kathy Lynn Cook Brewer.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 48 years, Beverly Fitzpatrick Cook; five children, Jeffrey Douglas Cook and wife Connie of Midway, Gregory Allen Cook of Midway, Lisa LaDawn Edwards and husband Ernie of Beckley, Sherri Lynn Lilly and husband Charles of Ronceverte and Tina Louise Westfall and husband Gary of Beckley. He took great pride in his six grandchildren, Christopher Gordon Edwards, Samantha Rae Lilly, Nathan Andrew Lilly, Nicholas Aaron Edwards, E Dale Edwards and Evan Thomas Westfall.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley with Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery.

Friends may gather with family Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckle.

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