Services for Milburn B. Cook, 91, of Tyler will be held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1 p.m. at West Erwin Church of Christ with Dr. Bill Allen officiating. A private family burial will be held at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Milburn, known to most as “Cook”, was born on Nov. 10, 1925 in Roseville, California to Garland and Evelyn Robbins-Cook. At age four he came to Texas and was raised thereafter by his uncle and aunt, Clifton and Annie Cook of Gonzales County. He served in Utility Squadron Ten of the U.S. Navy on Guam Island in World War II from 1944-1946. He then attended Abilene Christian College where he met the love of his life, Janet Ready, whom he was married to for 62 years. They had a son and daughter, Charlie and Christi. He worshiped at West Erwin Church of Christ, where he had served as deacon, taught bible classes and sang at numerous weddings and funerals.
He retired from the USDA after 33 years of service and was proud of his work in helping to establish rural water systems to several East Texas communities. In his early years, he worked cattle off horseback in south Texas and competed in rodeo saddle bronc and bull riding. He continued his passion for rodeo and that was passed on to his son. Always having a love for the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, golfing with his grandsons, gardening, and taking summer beach vacations with his family and friends. He loved being with his children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed singing songs to them that he had learned in his own childhood. He was a hard worker, loving husband and was loved and admired by his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jan; son Charlie Cook and wife Rachelle from Victoria, and their children Carley Glover, Kelsey Ford and husband Cason, and Audrey and Natalie Cook; and daughter Christi Hood and husband Greg of Tyler and their children, Chase, Haley, and Cason Hood; half-brothers William Hamilton and wife Carolyn of Sacramento, California and Jack Hamilton and wife Mirela of Roseville, California; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Uncle Clifton and Aunt Annie, his parents, and his half-brother, Buster Hamilton.
Pallbearers were Chase Hood, Cason Hood, Cason Ford and Dale Gallaspy. Honorary pallbearers were Wade Weathers, Wynne Weathers, Jeff Jones, Stan Mallory, Carroll McGee, Charles Payne, Danny Skipper, James Hardin and Jay Bynum.
If desired, memorials may be made to West Erwin Church of Christ Building Fund or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation (4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX, 75701).