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“Cliff and I are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace. ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Pamela Binion - Cleveland, TN

“My sympathy to the Cook Family. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: James T. Wood - friend

“Thinking of you, our childhood friend. We will always have pleasant memories. ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Larry & Barbara Bowman - Ocala, FL

“Dear Bev and Family, I am so sorry about Doug's passing. He was such a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Virginia Cole Nary - Beckley, WV

“Bev. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barbara ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Hawkins - Midway, WV

“We were so sorry to hear about Doug. We will be praying for your family. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: doug and mary robinson - sophia, WV

“I am the husband of Paulette Mason Smith (deceased) who was a classmate of Doug's. I want to offer my sympathy to his family. Paulette always spoke...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Smith - Falling Waters, WV

“Dear Beverly, We are saddened to hear of Doug passing. We are reminded how you supported and cared so lovingly for Mom and thank God for you every...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce Reaves, Carolyn Criddle and Reaves Family - WV

“Bev, What could I possibly say that will ease your pain some? Please remember that God is in control and he doesn't make mistakes. Tuddy and I send...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Duke and Tuddy Peak - Vermilion, OH

“Beverly And Family: I've Been Away From Doug For Several Years....But...I Will Truly Miss Him. May GOD, Bring Comfort To Your Heart. All My Love ...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Gene Cook - Rupert, WV - Cousin

“My Dearest Sister Beverly and Family, I love all of you. I wish I could be there with all of you right now. Doug was such a great brother-in-law. ...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Carla Tapia - Rio Rancho, NM

“Beverly and children, I'm shocked of Doug's death, I just talked to him last week about Kathy's death. Sue Voss said Doug was in ICU the hospital...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Bobbi Schell - Fredericksburg, VA

“Was truly shocked to hear about this and am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Sara & Gary angle - Beckley, WV

“Dear Baverly,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Doug. I know you are very sad as are your children.I wish I could be there with you but you...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Paulette Parker - Daniels, WV

“Bev & family, We are so sorry for your loss. Doug was special to so many. It was heart breaking news. We will cherish the laughs,stories &...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Glenna Billings Joyce - OH

“praying for strength for the family, so sorry ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: pamela keith armstrong - sophia, WV

“Beverly, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Judy Aguilar

“Dear Bev and family, It was with genuine sadness for you when I heard the news of Doug's passing, but rejoice for Doug knowing he is safely home. I...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Susie Mills - Coal City, WV

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Dale, Treva, Hannah and Andrew ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Treva Vass - Lewisburg, WV

“Doug was like a brother to me lots of great memories of him growing up in Sophia. He was a great friend and Christian Brother. I will miss! Prayers...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Don Harper - Harrisonburg, VA

“Mrs Cook, we are so sorry for your loss. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Tim, Betty,Rob,Olivia Cochran

“so sorry for your loss, prayers are with all of you ...... ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Lou Ella (Rowe, Lively) Mckendree-Dixie Rowe - WV

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Doug was a great guy and you are being held closely in our prayers. Jerry and Dennis Curtis ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Jerry and Dennis Curtis - Chester, VA

“Charles, Sherri, Samantha, & Nathan...thoughts and prayers are with you... Love you guys. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Tyler & Tyler Oliver

“We are sorry for your loss. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Zack & Lexi Carr - Ronceverte, WV

“The staff at Blue Ridge Funeral Home extends deepest sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: The staff of Blue Ridge Funeral Home

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Rev. Douglas MacArthur Cook

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, our beloved Douglas MacArthur Cook, 70, of Midway passed away after a sudden illness. Born on April 30, 1942, at Slab Fork, WV, 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 Company 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 2:00 PM Saturday February 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 12 – 2 at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr. Beckley, WV.