James Cook


James Elvin Cook was born Dec. 20, 1944, in Crockett, and passed away March 18, 2018, in Bryan at the age of 73 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22, at the Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville. The Revs. Otis Byers and Dennis Ivey officiated the service, and interment followed in the Midway Cemetery in Midway.

Pallbearers were Kole Savage, Chance Savage, Tanner Cook, Colt Cook, Lane Cook, Baylon Cook and Zack Cook.

Honorary pallbearers were Wes Savage, Steve Parrish, Larry Little, Cleveland Turner and Bill Forrest Jr.

James' parents were Gail and Leda Mae (Keels) Cook. Known by most as "Jimmy," he spent the majority of his career (23 years and three months) working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Ferguson Unit in Midway. After his retirement from TDCJ in 1994, Jimmy worked for the Corrections Corporation of America in the Winnfield Unit as an assistant warden. He completed his 43-year career working in the INS Processing Center in Houston.

Jimmy enjoyed ranching, gardening, coon hunting and fishing and was always active and involved with the Madison County Fair Association. He lived most of his life in Midway and was a member of the Church of Christ in Midway.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Frances Cook of Midway; sons, Gaylon Cook of Huntsville and Brandon Cook (Tracy) of Midway; daughter, Rhonda Savage (Wes) of Midway; brother, Charles Allen Cook of Porter Springs; and sisters, Dianne Rhone of Crockett and Virginia Lewis of Crockett. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kole Savage, Chance Savage, Lane Cook, Madison Cook, Macie Cook, Baylon Cook, Zack Cook, Magen Hamrick, Kacie Cook, Tanner Cook, Colt Cook, Tye Coleman, Christian Coleman and Cannon Coleman.

Arrangements were under the direction of Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.