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Lena Vivian Cooke, 97, went to meet her Lord and Redeemer on Jan. 10, 2018.
Mrs. Cooke was born on Jan. 5, 1921, to Horace and Ella Atkins in Tellico Plains, TN. She was born a twin, her twin, Eva Cardin, preceded Lena in death in 2007.
Mrs. Cooke met and married William Guy Cooke. They were married 57 years and served together in the ministry of their Lord for over 30 years.
Mrs. Cooke is survived by three daughters, Guwina (Norrod) McCormick (Joe) of Murfreesboro, TN, Donna Ballard (Greg) of Midtown, TN, Lyvon Netherton (JB) of Crossville. She has four grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.
She has one remaining sister Ethel Holder, age 100 of Aurora, CO. She is also survived by 3 brothers in law, Jim Cook and Aaron Cook, both of CA, and Wayne Cook ( Sylvia) of Cleveland TN , and sister in law Wylene Cooke of Augusta, GA , with a large number of nieces and nephews .
Mrs. Cooke lived in Community Care of Rutherford, in Rutherford County. She also leaves her beloved roommate, Betty Sneed, whom she loved deeply and who loved Lena. They were called "The Golden Girls", "Two Peas in a Pod" Where ever you saw Lena, you saw Betty and vice versa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. W. Guy Cooke, her parents Ella Tate Atkins and Horace Atkins, by sisters Beulah Atkins, Eula Lee, Lula Hawkins, and her twin Eva Cardin, a brother, James Atkins, and one grandson, Ben Norrod.
She was a humble, quiet and dignified lady. If any one scripture is fitting for Lena Vivian Cooke, it is Matthew 23:21 "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things."
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Hood Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Rev. Gerald Atkins, her nephew, officiated.
Published on January 18, 2018
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