Jerry D. Cooke

December 6, 1946 - December 25, 2023
Jerry D. Cooke

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Jerry David Cooke, age 77, of Croaker, Virginia passed away on December 25, 2023 after a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Allen Cooke; mother, Ora Virginia Hughes; and brother, Richard Paul Cooke. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Norma Tyssen Cooke; his sister, Robin Rutherford (Scott); his children Richard Allen Cooke II (Shelley), Stephanie Moore (Derrick), Raymond Cooke (Robyn), and Kathy Palmer (Rip); grandchildren Sierra Schaffer (Curtis), Jessica Henderson (Mason), Kayla Bullman (Cameron), Leah Cooke, Cadence Palmer, Grayson Cooke, Ryan Malvasia; great grandson Landon Schaffer; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Jerry was a hard working mechanic, construction worker, iron worker, and commercial fisherman by trade. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, spaghetti westerns, and most recently small engine repair. He loved the outdoors and spent countless hours fixing and building things, helping those close to him while telling endless stories. He often shared fond memories of family and friends from the good old days around a warm wood stove enjoying a cold beer. Most of all, Jerry enjoyed spending quality time with his family.

Arrangements were made by Bucktrout Funeral Home and there will be a private family memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions can be made to the JCCVFD & Rescue Squad (3135 Forge Rd Toano, Virginia 23168). 


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  • January 04, 2024
    Cay Davis says:
    I am so very sorry for your loss, all of you! May good memories bring you laughter and the Great Comforter bring you peace.

  • December 31, 2023
    Randall Brown says:
    I am sorry for your loss. I remember Jerry's parents, Richard and Virginia. Also Pastor Richard Cooke and his son Jerry. I lived with my sister and brother in law, Anne and Walter R. Cooke ( Cynthia Drive, Hampton) for 5 years (1958 to 1963) until I had to enlist in the US Army (Due to the draft) after which I lost contact with the extended Cooke family. I saw Jerry's obituary in the Daily Press. I figured that he had to be part of the Cooke family. I am now 83 years old. I lost my wife, Bonnie, 2 September 2023 due to a heart attack. We were married for 59 years and 9 months. I can relate to your situation. May God bless each of you and give you peace! Sincerely, Randall Brown

  • December 31, 2023
    Tiena McKown Griffith says:
    So sorry for your loss.

  • December 29, 2023
    Brisco. Marlow says:
    Rip. Cousin Jerry . GOD bless you all.

  • December 29, 2023
    Rachel Pittman says:
    You will be deeply missed, Uncle Jerry! Much love to you, Aunt Norma, Rick, Steph, Ray, Kathy & kids!