April 16, 1938 ~ May 25, 2021

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Michael George Cook Sr., 83, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at his home in Fletcher, North Carolina, following a long illness. Although Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY, he called the Carolinas home for the majority of his life.

Michael grew up in Kershaw, South Carolina, attending Kershaw High School (Class of 1957) and continued his education at Clemson University and Coker College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Biology (1963) and Appalachian State University, graduating with a Masters of Arts, Physical Education (1968) where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach. His love of education and coaching spanned 43 years. He enjoyed teaching Biology, Physical Education, Drivers Education and coaching football on both the College and High School levels. Most notably, as the Head Coach at Lees McRae College, Offensive Coach at Wake Forest University, Offensive and Defensive Coach at Mars Hill College, and West Henderson High School from which he retired. In his spare time, you would likely find Michael, in the spring and summer tending to his rose garden, in the fall watching a football game or attending an Appalachian Football Game, cheering on his beloved Mountaineers, and in the winter reading a new book. Michael was of the Baptist faith throughout his life. He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church of Asheville.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Alma Barfield Cook and George Ross Cook; brothers, Jonathan Larry Cook and Jerry Barfield Cook; and son, Andrew Thomas Cook. Michael is survived by his wife of 59 years, his High School sweetheart, Sandra Eubanks Cook. He was a loving father to his three children, Michael George (Buzz) Cook, Jr. (Kristin Fore Cook), Lance Burrell Cook (Shannon Dwyer Cook), and Jonatha Paige Cook and doting granddaddy to his two grandchildren, Alexandria Tara Cook Thurmond (Cameron Tyler Long) and Tyler Andrew Cook.

A private graveside service will be held in Kershaw, SC in late summer to celebrate Michael’s life with his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity or the First Baptist Church of Asheville.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Im so sorry to hear about Mr Cook. He was my biology teacher at west . Mr & Mrs Cook both helped me out when my dad died in 1992 .I will never forget about what yall did for me .

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  2. Mrs. Cook and family,
    We are sorry to learn that Mr. Cook has passed away. We both remember Mr. Cook from Madison High School.
    He was a really nice teacher.
    We are so for your loss.
    We will remember you in our prayers.
    Jeff and Tammy Boyd in Marshall, NC

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  3. Mrs.Cook and family.
    We are so sorry to learn that Mr. Cook has passed away.
    We had Mr. Michael Cook as a good teacher at Madison High School.
    He was a really nice person.
    We are sorry for your loss.
    We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Jeff and Tammy Boyd in Marshall, NC

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  4. Dear Buzz, Mrs. Cook and Family,
    You are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. I know your father was a special person Buzz. I feel I got to know him because of having the honor of working with his son. God bless you Buzz and your wonderful family.

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