My wife Cheria has many wonderful memories of her extended family. Her aunts and
uncles were more like brothers and sisters to her when she was growing up, and
they treated her that way. She loves telling me stories of her childhood and the
countless hours spent with granny and grandpa Cook and her "brothers and
sisters". Today's picture is of one of her favorite uncles, and what follows is
her fond reflection on his memory and legacy...
Slowly but surely, God's singers are going home, and Uncle Doug Cook is
one that is right there around the throne singing praises to our Lord Jesus
Christ! He was born in 1882 and he joined that heavenly choir in 1962.
Uncle Doug's talents came from God, and he used them to praise Him in song.
Whether it was the congregation at every church service or family, friends or neighbors
he was visiting, everyone was blessed by Uncle Doug's Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do's...
including "When All Of God's Singers Get Home", one of his favorite
He was a member of the Widener Valley Quartet and he sang for several
years on radio stations in the area with Rev. Blaine Eggers, the pastor of
Pleasant View Baptist Church.
During his life on earth, Uncle Doug enjoyed singing and he took advantage of
his great talent. He followed his dad Joseph Cook as the choir leader at
Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church in Widener Valley, Virginia. He was also
the Sunday School Superintendent until he went home to be with Jesus.
Uncle Doug was a brother of my grandfather
Carl Cook, and the whole Cook family were singers!
I want to believe that some of that talent was passed on to me but I know I can
never compare to them. As a child, I could sit for hours listening to Uncle Doug
and all the other Cook relatives as they sang. But listening didn't satisfy
me - I just had to join in, and even today if there is music anywhere around my
mouth just has to open up and sound comes forth! And one day I'll join Uncle
Doug and the rest of God's singers in that heavenly home!
In memory of John Douglas Cook.
1882 - 1962
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