First Posted: 10/23/2009
MOUNT AIRY Mr. Rufus Hosea Cook, 91, of 143 Gwynwood Drive, Mount Airy, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009, at his home. Mr. Cook was born Nov. 10, 1917, in Carroll County, Va., to the late Yancy Lee and Mary Jane Jackson Cook. Hosea served our country in the United States Army during World War II and retired as a lineman from Duke Power after 32 years of service. He is survived by a daughter, Veda Cook Payne of Mount Airy; two grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Michelle Payne of Cana, Va., and Rhonda and Scott McHone of Mount Airy; five great-grandchildren, Sommer McHone, Christian McHone, Amanda Wall and her husband David, Brittany Willard and Samantha Payne; a sister, Virgie Loye of Reidsville; and a loving pet, Ginger. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his wife, Tressie Iowa Towe Cook; three sisters, Nina Ward, Annie Wilson and Jean Hidecker; and two brothers, Joe Cook and Wilford Cook. The funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, with the Rev. Todd E. Byrd and the Rev. David Buster Sechrist officiating. Burial will follow at Skyline Memory Gardens, with military honors by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions can be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.