Edna Norfleet CookBeaver Lake, AR, 1918 - 2010
Edna Norfleet Cook of Beaver Lake, formerly of Wynne, died June 21, 2010. Her Sweet Savior welcomed her with the words, "Well done, My good and faithful servant." She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a beloved Christian role model and trusted friend. She was the widow of John Cook. Born in February 9, 1918, to Robert & Annie Norfleet of Tate County, Miss., she graduated from Senatobia High School and attended Northwest Miss Jr. College. Except for a brief time in Memphis, where she met and married John, and her twilight years at the Lake, she lived her adult life in Wynne. For decades an original needlepoint created by one of her children, hung above her busy sewing machine. It read, "My Mother can do it!" and depicted the many roles in which "Grander" excelled: sewing, baking, music and even a gavel representing the many community and church organizations she served. The family dining room table was the gathering spot for holidays to enjoy her wonderful cooking (fabulous homemade rolls, coconut cake, chocolate pie), centerpieces with flowers from her yard (peonies a specialty), her quick wit, never failing optimism and good cheer. She was never too busy to transform this same formal dining table into a big tent draped with heirloom quilts and the chairs turned in a magical way to make tunnel entrances for her children, then grand children and even great grands. A gifted artist and writer, she designed special occasion cards and poems for her family.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband and seven siblings. Survivors are daughters, Lynda Allen of Little Rock and Fran Taylor of Beaver Lake (formerly of Memphis), sons, David Cook (Joy) of Germantown, Tenn., and Ken Cook (Laura) of Little Rock. Her adored grandchildren are Erin (Scott) Schoen, Lane (Michael) Shreeve of Benton, John (Pam) Cook of Germantown, Carla Cook of Memphis, Lex (Gina) Broyles of Fayetteville, Caroline & Sarah Catherine Cook and Andrew Hall of Little Rock. Precious great-grandchildren are Katie & Laura Schoen, Morgan Rullmann, Spencer Shreeve, and Huck Broyles.
Friends are invited to visitation at Kernodle Funeral Home in Wynne from 10:30-12, June 23. A private burial will take place in Cogbill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Wynne or Eureka Springs, The Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation (Alzheimers support), 1826 N. Crossover Road PNB #4, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701, or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762.
Published June 23, 2010
OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
Kernodle Funeral Home
315 E. Union Ave., Wynne, AR