Carl Cook (Oct. 8, 1918-Oct. 25, 2014)

carl cookOct. 8, 1918-Oct. 25, 2014

Carl Cook, 96, of Sallisaw passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Talihina. He was born on Oct. 8, 1918, in Brent to Lewis and Georgia Cook. He married Christine Dotson on Dec. 31, 1939, in Sallisaw. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2001.

Mr. Cook was the founder of Blunt Baptist Church, a teacher of Veteran’s Agriculture Training Program, a caseworker for the State of Oklahoma and a furniture and mattress maker. He served in World War II in General Patton’s 3rd Infantry.

He leaves to mourn his passing, one daughter, Georgia Christine McAlister of Oklahoma City; one son and daughter-in-law, Lewis C. Cook M.D. and Janie of Texarkana, Texas; seven grandchildren, Les Ruark of Tulsa, Greg Ruark of Mustang, Kurt Ruark of Sallisaw and John Cook, Dr. David Cook, Lisa Soyars and William Cook all of Texarkana; 10 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Sarah, Maggie and Harris Cook, Ben, Will and Sophia Jane Soyers, Rachel Ruark Byrd, Steven and Sean Ruark, Tabitha Ruark Kreilaus and Hannah and Emily Ruark; three great-great-grandchildren, Nathan Daniel Byrd, Noelle Christine Byrd and Bonham Reid Ruark; one brother, Floyd Neal of Colfax, Calif.; and one sister, Mary Alice Blackford of Sallisaw.



Is it 2015 already?!?!

2015 calendarIt’s the strange time of year for me.  As fall sets-in and we start considering what Halloween costume we are going to wear or we start planning our feast for Thanksgiving and business generally slows down, it’s always just the opposite for me – and I love it!

This is where a competitive advantage can set you ahead.  Before the end of 2014 I have much activity planned and many initiatives to take care of.  I’m really excited about these great opportunities.  Also, the clarity of a mid-term plan into 2015, and even further ahead is becoming clear through effective communication.  This is absolutely refreshing.

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Lotsa Family Events still in 2014

But, of course, the work-life balance comes into play and family is the first priority.  So between now and end of year my schedule goes something like this:

  • Mom birthday
  • Halloween
  • Brother Birthday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Other Brother Birthday
  • Christmas
  • Wife Birthday

So, here’s wishing you a terrific closing to 2014 and great opening to 2015 no matter how you choose to spend your time.  Your time is precious so spend it how YOU choose to.