Ernest William "Bill" Cook, the son of the late Ernest A. and Mattie Burge Cook, was born in Puxico on April 22, 1926, and died at the Arlington Hospital in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at the age of 76. Mr. Cook had lived for many years in Texas. He was a member of the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church of Mansfield, Texas, a member of the Puxico Masonic Lodge #585 for 53 years, and the Scottish Rite of Ft. Worth, Texas. He was a graduate of Puxico High School, Electrical Trade School in St. Louis, and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On March 8, 1947, he was married to Kathryn Marie "Kay" Harbin in Paragould, Ark. Surviving are his wife, Kay Cook of Mansfield, Texas; three sons, David Cook of Cody, Wyo.; Randy Cook of Burkburnett, Texas, Mike Cook of Mansfield, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Preston of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Cook of Puxico; two sisters, Betty Calvert of Garland, Texas, and Lois Sifford of Cynthiana, Ky. Visitation will be held at the Brown Cemetery near Puxico on Monday, Feb. 17, 2003. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at the Brown Cemetery near Puxico with Rev. Wiley McGhee of Puxico officiating. Masonic Rites, provided by the Puxico Masonic Lodge, and full military honors provided by the Veteran's Honor Guard of Butler County will be conducted at the cemetery. Interment will follow in the Brown Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of local arrangements.