Milton Raley Cook, age 77, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., formerly of North Little Rock, passed away July 6, 2009, following a sudden massive stroke July 5. Milton was born May 23, 1932, in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to Herschel and Oma Cook, the fourth of seven children. Milton served in the United States Air Force and was engaged in service during the Korean War. He later attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee. On August 15, 1958, Milton married Analea Tomlinson whom he loved and adored dearly during their nearly completed 51-year marriage. Milton was a talented and creative artist who enjoyed a lifelong career in the commercial art and graphics profession. Upon retirement in 2000, Milton and Analea moved to Fairfield Bay where Milton was actively involved in the community. He especially loved playing tennis and taking long walks among the beautiful rolling hills. Milton enjoyed many friends and was able to continue his artist interests by designing and creating a monthly newsletter for his church family. One of his favorite activities was taking a leisurely boat ride on Greers Ferry Lake which he had most recently enjoyed with family on July 4. Milton's entire family was considered his greatest and most valuable possession. He is survived by his wife, Analea; daughter, Connie Scherz (Scott); daughter, Cara Phillippe (Robert); son, Curtis Cook. Milton is also survived by his 10 grandchildren who affectionately called him "Pops" and who will miss him greatly: Andrew Scherz, Robert Wesley Phillippe, Ray Phillippe, Rachel Phillippe, James Phillippe, JoAnna Phillippe, John Phillippe, Susanna Phillippe, Bethany Phillippe, and Seth Phillippe. Milton also leaves to cherish many years of love and memories his surviving siblings, Charlotte Ray (Bill) of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Carolyn Simmons (Ira) of Jackson, Tennessee, Ruth Richards (Jerry) of Jackson, Tennessee. Milton is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Thomas Cook and Meredith Cook, and by his sister, Evelyn Rook.
Milton was loved and will be missed by a great host of extended family members, including many nieces and nephews and by an extended family of many wonderful friends whose relationships through the years have meant so much to him.
A celebration of honor will be held Friday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Hwy. 16, Edgemont, AR 72044, 501-723-4726. Visitation following. Gifts and memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 10849 Edgemont Rd., Edgemont, AR 72044. Arrangements: Olmstead Funeral Home. www.olmstead.cc
Corinne Parks Stewart, 80, of Martin, formerly of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.
She was an administrative assistant at Agape Home Care Center and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Martin.
The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin with the Rev. Randy Cooper officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.
Survivors include a daughter, Len Solomons and husband, William, of Martin; a son, Joe Marshall Stewart Jr. and wife, Cindi, of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, John Thomas Hoffman, Hunter Parks Hoffman, Dabney Marie Stewart and Mary Cathryn Stewart.
Pallbearers will be Russell Riggins, Wayne Chester, Mark Dowdy, John Thomas Hoffman, Hunter Parks Hoffman, William Solomons and Everett Solomons. Honorary pallbearers will be Kelly Campbell, Herman DeBoard, Charles Pounds and G.T. Hall.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to Agape House Care Center, 210 Oakland St., Martin, TN 38237.