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Ida Cooke
Jun 16, 1930 to Dec 09, 2014


Ida Cooke, 84, affectionately known as “Sister”, departed this earthly life on Tuesday evening, December 9, 2014 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Facility, Sumter. Born June 16, 1930, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel Cooke and Nettie Albert Cooke. She was a lifelong member of Antioch United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women Organization, the Gospel Choir, and also served on the Kitchen Aide Committee. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was an advocate for education, always encouraging the younger generation to stay in school. She provided for her family while working on the farm and in the domestic profession. Ms. Cooke was a very loving and compassionate individual whose love for people was often demonstrated by her unselfish act of kindness. She was most happy when her loved ones were happy. Her love for cooking was demonstrated throughout the community as she freely shared with others. In addition to her love for cooking, she enjoyed watching wrestling and basketball. She played basketball while in school and considered herself a ‘superstar’. She often reminisced of making the ‘winning basket’ in an important game. She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Johnny (Mary) Cooke of Sumter, Jesse (Debra) Cooke of Hamburg, AR; a brother, Robert (MayBell) Cooks of Sumter; five grandchildren, Myra Cooke and Kali Davis of Sumter, Johnny II (Dallas) Cooke of Jacksonville, FLA, Jessica Cooke and Draylon Cooke of Hamburg, AR; three great grandchildren, Charlysa Coleman and Taylor Jordan (TJ) Cooke of Jacksonville, FLA and Jordyn Jackson of Sumter; several nieces and nephews, four of whom she nurtured and loved as her own, Mary Samuel, Ada Cooke, James Edward Cooke and Carola Montgomery; a special cousin, Flossie Cooke; a special friend, Rosa Linton; and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James (Rebecca) McDuffie and Ben Cooke; and two sisters, Rosa Lee (Robert) Champagne and Anzie (Clyde) Oliver. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Monday, December 15, 2014 from the Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, Sumter, with the Reverend Lawrence Cantey, Jr., pastor, eulogist. The family is receiving family and friends at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny (Mary) Cooke, 2819 August Drive, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m. The procession will leave from the home of her son and daughter-in-law at 10:30 a. m. Floral bearers will be United Methodist Women. Pall bearers will be nephews and friends. Burial will be in the Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery. U S 15 North, Sumter.
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