Silas Gray Cooke, 84, of 261 Major Court, Danville, VA went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 while a patient in Danville Regional Medical Center. Born May 19, 1928 in Johnston County, he was the son of the late Coy Dale Cooke and the late Stella Liles Cooke. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dare Newton Cooke of the residence.
Mr. Cooke worked for Raleigh Linen Service (Servitex) as Vice President and General Manager where he retired in 1991 following 44 years of service. He was an active member of North Main Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Cooke was also a member of Tuscarora Country Club, where he worked in the pro shop for 11 years. He was a charter member of the Raleigh Breakfast Optimist Club and was a 32 degree Mason of A.F. & A.M. Also, Mr. Cooke was very active in The Gideons International, serving on the Virginia state board and as former church assignment secretary. He was also a member of the Wolfpack Club and the Raleigh Sports Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Donna Marie Cooke Allgood of Chapel Hill, and Connie Gray Cooke of Virginia Beach, VA; his son, Philip Anthony Cooke, and wife, Jennifer Mayhorn Cooke of Lynchburg; his brothers, Archie D. Cooke of Raleigh, NC and Grady Cooke of Clayton, NC. He is also survived by his three grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Katie Madeline Cooke and Doris Cooke Wilder, and his brothers, Wilbert Cooke, Harry Cooke and Roy Cooke.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at North Main Baptist Church, Danville with Rev. Deryl Holiday officiating. Interment will follow in Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Norris Funeral Services, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Friday, March 8, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and at other times will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 3371, Danville, VA 24543
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfu neral.com.