Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Well, it's been a few days since I've posted. I've been a little uncertain about what my next post will be... but I'll just take a moment to mention this. I have two cousins who are my age. A girl on my dad's side of the family and a boy on my mom's side, Kenny Cook. Kenny was born two weeks before me in 1978. This past Sunday, he was killed in a car wreck driving home from fishing in Oklahoma.

Here's the small news article about the wreck:
ARPELAR, Okla. Two men were killed today when their vehicles collided on U-S Highway 270 in Pittsburg County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Al Smith of McAlester was driving east when his 2004 Ford crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2000 Ford driven by 27-year-old Kenny Cook of Shawnee.
Both drivers were killed in the crash around 11 a-m two miles west of Arpelar, a small town west of McAlester in Pittsburg County.

With that said, let's take a moment to acknowledge his accomplishments. This was published today in the Shawnee News Star:
Lifelong Tecumseh resident Kenny Cook died Sunday, July 30, in Arpelar, Okla. He was 27. He was born in Shawnee to Bobby and Judy (Holsapple) Cook on October 27, 1978. Kenny graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1999 and was currently working for Tinker Air Force Base. He had also worked with the JTPA Summer Program at the Shawnee Fire Station#1, as well as Mazzio's, Wal-Mart, Atwoods, Van's Pig Stand, and the OHP Radio Shop. He had also volunteered at the Shawnee Expo Center. Kenny was a member of the Tecumseh FFA and a Friend of AOK Train Company. He was an amateur photographer who loved nature and the Tecumseh and Shawnee Fire Stations. Preceding him in death were his sister, Bobbi Jo Cook; cousins, Rodney Cooper and Phil Barnes; and his grandparents, Earl and Lois Cook, and Hubert and Emmy Holsapple. Survivors include his parents, Bob Cook and wife, Judy, of the home; two aunts, Geri Goodnight of Tecumseh and Janice Cooper of Shawnee; three cousins, Cindy Dellinger of Shawnee, Tammy Reece, and Shawn Cooper, both of Tecumseh; and numerous, numerous friends and relatives.Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tecumseh Alumni Center with the Rev. Chad Brodrick and the Rev. Robert Rider officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home.

The part that is so unfortunate to me is that his parents only had 2 children. When I was in college, Kenny's little sister died of an undetected heart condition when she was 16. She essentially went to sleep one day and never woke up again.

I can't image how hard it must be to bury both of your children. I hope that many people will surround their family and help them in every way needed.

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