- Benjamin Franklin Cook, Jr., 79

Benjamin Franklin Cook, Jr., 79

Benjamin Franklin “Dude” Cook Jr. 79, died Friday, July 23, 2021, in his daughter’s home near Seymour.

Funeral services were held at the Diggins Apostolic Church.

Burial followed in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1941, in Seymour to Benjamin Franklin Cook Sr. and Freda Shields Cook.

On Dec. 8, 1968, he married Barsha Lou Ragsdale; to this union, four children were born.

He lived all his life in the Seymour and Diggins areas and attended the Liberty School.

He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

He was an over-the-road truck driver for 55 years, retiring in 2014.

He attended Harvestime Tabernacle Church in Marshfield for 30 years and currently was attending the Diggins Apostolic Church.

In his spare time, he loved to read books, farming, working on trucks and setting on the front porch watching the tractor-trailers go by.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Barsha, on Sept. 11, 2014; three sisters, Jean Bowers, Anita Hill Kelley and Freda Corner; and two brothers, Fred Cook and Elston “Buddy” Cook.

Survivors include his three daughters, Beth Joyce and Kevin Knifong of Diggins, Becky Cook and Deborah Cook of Diggins and B.J. Kissinger and Beau of Seymour; a son, Bo Cook of Diggins; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Rev. Phillip Cook of Marshfield.

Online condolences may be left at www.holmanhowe.com

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