Howard Troy Cook passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2021, at the age of 96. He was born on Oct. 10, 1924, in Gilliland. He graduated from Gilliland High School.
Howard married Esta Lee “Scooter” Kinnibrugh on Sept. 24, 1947. They moved to Vernon, where he had the following jobs: auto mechanic at a local Dodge dealership, Boy Scout pants factory, self-employed auto mechanic shop and appliance serviceman for West Texas Utilities. He also maintained all the golf carts and kitchen appliances at the Hillcrest Country Club in order to be a member of the club for his family’s golf and recreation.
He moved from Vernon in 1971 to Childress as Local Manager of West Texas Utilities. From 1974 to 1978, he lived in Munday, and from 1979 to 1989, he lived in Quanah, both as the Local Manager for West Texas Utilities, where he retired at the age of 65, before he and Scooter settled down to spend the rest of their lives in Granbury.
Howard enjoyed golf and hunting. He was Club Champion at Hillcrest Country Club in Vernon. He was very crafty with anything, inclusive of building additional rooms and patios to several of his homes. He and Scooter had many wonderful friends from the 1940s of whom several moved to the same neighborhood with them in Granbury. He was always willing to fix anything his friends and neighbors asked of him. He was known as a kind and mild-mannered man. He was a spiritual man who loved watching his favorite pastors on television and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Elsie Cook; his siblings, JT Cook, Nina Combest and Ethelyn Byrd; and his wife, Scooter, after 74 years of marriage.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Querner and husband David; his son, David Cook and wife Melissa; his five grandchildren, Tyler and wife Samantha Lewellen, Tara Hanks, Lanese Barnett and husband Brady, and Zach and Caleb Cook; and his great-grandchildren Westin and Grayson Hanks, McKinna, Madelyn and Mia Lewellen and Talia and Jolie Barnett.
We love and will miss him very much. We know he will spend eternity in Heaven.
A visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at Wiley Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at 11:30 a.m. at Acton Cemetery under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Granbury or Interim Hospice of Granbury.