Obituary for Therold "Terry" Cook


THEROLD “TERRY” COOK, 86 of the Andover Road passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at JonesMemorialHospital. He was born on December 24, 1917 in Duke Center, PA the son of LaVern F. and Eva (Keiser) Cook. He married Marguerite “Peg” Dates who predeceased him on January 29, 2000. He started the Swingsters Orchestra in Wellsville. From 1938 until his death, he owned and operated Cook’s Tire and Automotive. He built and owned Cook’s Motel for 10 years, was a local U-Haul dealer for over 50 years, and owned Cook’s Storage. He loved both playing and listening to music and played the piano until his death. Terry was also a charter member of the Wellsville Lions Club, which was started in 1942. He was active until his military service in the US Army as he was in Europe during the later part of World War II. He was also in the service after the war stationed in Germany. He returned to Wellsville and continued his membership with the Wellsville Lions Club. He will be known for his dedication to service with chairmanship of such committees as club history, citizenship committee, and music and songs committee for the Lions Minstrel Shows, which he actively performed in over 55 shows. He is best known as an accomplished piano player for meetings and playing God Bless America and “In Our Den” to close out Lion meetings and Minstrel shows. He also sponsored 2 members of the Lions club of Wellsville. He has had 23 years of perfect attendance, and was awarded Life Member in 1989. In 1995 he was awarded the highest honor in Lions International and the Wellsville Lions Club, the Melvin Jones Fellow. Terry enjoyed the Lions Club and enjoyed the friendship and most of all the service to a community he loved. He was also a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, Wellsville Masonic Lodge #230 F & AM and the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville to whom he donated money for an air conditioning system. Terry is survived by 1 sister: June (James) Williams of Ocala, FL; 1 niece: Sandra (David) Goodsell of Wellsville; 1 nephew: Jerry (Alice) Carpenter of Wellsville; 2 grandchildren: Michele D. Gebhart of Colorado, Jason Hartman of Oklahoma City, OK; 2 step grandchildren: Jennifer Ludden, Michael Ludden Jr.; and a special friend Danny Coats of Wellsville. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter: Judy Hartman. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 29, 2004 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 11am on Friday April 30 in the funeral home with Rev. Lee Williams presiding. Burial will be at WoodlawnCemetery. Memorial suggestions include the FirstUnitedMethodistChurch and the Wellsville Lions Club.

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