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Stephen D. Cook

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Published: February 2, 2013

Stephen D. Cook, 56, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock. Steve was born Nov. 9, 1956 in Clarendon, Ark. He was one of five sons born to Gene Cook and Connie Lovell Taylor. He was a lifetime resident of Monroe County and lived most of his life in Monroe. Steve was among an elite group of people having received a heart transplant on Feb. 18, 1998. The procedure saw him through almost 15 years of additional life.

After his retirement from trucking and farming, Steve enjoyed hunting, camping, and gardening. Steve and his two sons, Keith and Clint, were able to enjoy a couple of deer hunting trips to Texas and lots of local deer hunting. Steve and his wife, Lisa enjoyed many camping trips to the White River bottoms during deer season and he enjoyed the fellowship with the other campers. He still had a passion of farming and helped his son Clint when he could on his farm during the spring planting and fall harvest.

Steve was most proud that he was able to live long enough to see his six grandchildren born. He was "Bops" to them and he would light up when they were around.

Steve was preceded in death by brothers, Gary and Danny Cook; his grandparents, Jim and Lena Lovell and Luther and Beatrice Cook. He is survived by his parents, Gene Cook of Monroe and Connie Taylor of Little Rock; his wife, Lisa Cook of Monroe; two sons, Keith Cook and wife, Corrie of Monroe, Clint Cook and wife, Ashley of Monroe; two brothers, Kenny Cook of Hunter, and Lynn Cook and wife Michelle of Bryant; six grandchildren, Kamryn, Kendall, Kennedy, Kole, Kodi and Kenzie; four nephews, Gary, Andrew, Austin and Aaron; and one niece, Kara and her husband, Daniel.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Monroe with Lynn Cook officiating. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the services from 1-3 p.m. Burial will follow at White Church Cemetery in Rich.

Pallbearers will be Tim Cupp, Stan Davenport, Dag Skinner, Jonathan Vanderberg, Richard Dejacques and Billy Flake. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Davenport and Rodney Davenport.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency, 1701 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, Ark. or sign up for organ donation and give the gift of life.

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