Billy Ray Cook, Sr., 89, of Radford, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.
He was a member of Grove United Methodist Church and a retired owner of Cook’s Clean Center. He was a U. S. Navy veteran during WWII and served for many years in the Navy Reserves. Bill was a lifetime member of the Radford Fire & Rescue Dept. where he began his service in 1951 and later achieved the rank of captain.
He was preceded in death on Feb. 8 by his wife and love of his life, JoAnn K. Cook. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Walter and Georgia Cook; his first wife, Irene Young Cook; daughter Susan Cook Shockey; son, Stephen J. Irby; grandson, Matthew James Cook; sister and brother-in-law, Georgia Lee and Bill Kelley; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Cherokee Cook.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Curtis Lee and Teresa Cook of Christiansburg, Billy Ray Cook, Jr. of Elliston and Jeffrey Lee and Kimberly Irby of Radford; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Alice and Sam Linkous of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Robbie, Chris, Scott, Travis, Mary, Sarah, Michael and Robert; six great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Frankie Cook of Radford; and very special grand-dogs, Henry, Bella and Chip.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13 at Grove United Methodist Church in Radford. Memorial services began at 2 p.m. with Rev. Richard Patterson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Radford Fire & Rescue, 1500 Wadsworth St., Radford, VA 24141 or Grove United Methodist Church General Fund, 1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA 24141.
The Cook family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.