James Allen Cook of Sullivan, Missouri, previously of Steelville, Missouri, was born on Tuesday, April 3, 1990 in Farmington, Missouri to Mark and Tracy Cook and passed away tragically on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the age of 30 years, 9 months and 28 days.
James grew up in Steelville, Missouri where he attended school until his junior year of high school.
At the age of 15, he met Kimberlee Nicole Beezley.
James moved to Owensville, Missouri in 2007, graduated high school and enlisted with the Marines. James was going to have to go to California, so he and Kim had a small wedding ceremony in Cuba, Missouri at his cousin, Pastor Matt Cook’s living room, on December 22, 2008. They later had their large formal wedding at Center Point Baptist Church in Steelville, Missouri on July 11, 2009.
James served his country honorably as a Sergeant with the United States Marines for eight years. He was in the 1st MSOB (Marine Special Operation Battalion) for his first four years. He was deployed with the Special Operation Task Force. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and returned in 2010. He deployed on the 15th MEU aboard the Essex and the Anchorage. He was deployed on the Anchorage from May 2015 and returned a few days before Christmas. He served with the 3rd LAAD (Low Altitude Air Defense) during his last four years. During his time in the Marines he had visited Afghanistan, Africa, Japan, Germany and Hawaii.
He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at an early age and was a member of Sullivan Christian Church. He and Kim worked with children, youth and helped with Growth Groups.
James was adventurous and was always looking to try new things. He had gone to school to become a dog trainer, attended vet school at Mizzou, had a certificate as a heavy equipment operator, wanted to do standup comedy and recently wanted to become a pilot. James was a supervisor while working at G4S as a Security Guard and was attending Liberty University studying Pre-Law and was set to graduate this coming July. He had been very active with a non-profit organization for veterans called Mission Force.
He enjoyed woodworking and made their kitchen table and various things around their house. He was an artist and he painted murals on his daughters’ walls. He was always smiling and playing practical jokes on people.
He loved to play XBOX Live. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed doing yardwork, fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents-in-law, William “Bill” Moreland, Joel and Evelyn Beezley; great grandparents, Emma Jane and Raney Lunsford and Lorene and Bill Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Kimberlee Nicole Cook of Sullivan, Missouri; two daughters, Zoey and Lydia Cook of Sullivan, Missouri; parents, Tracy and Danny Nichols of Keller, Texas; siblings, Katie “Nic” Cook of Belle, Missouri, Cody (Emily) Nichols of Bland, Missouri, Amanda Nichols of Ada, Oklahoma and Maddie and Gwen Cook; grandparents, Janet (Bob) Thompson of Viburnum, Missouri, Betty Finder and Tony Finder, both of Washington, Missouri and Jerry (Sandy) Cook of Steelville, Missouri; parents-in-law, Tom Beezley and Vickie (Leonard) Munton, all of Steelville, Missouri; brother-in-law, Mark (Nicole) Beezley of Steelville, Missouri; grandmother-in-law, Iris Moreland of Wesco, Missouri; special uncle, Patrick (Michelle) Moreland of Wesco, Missouri; special cousin, Austin Moreland of Wesco, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri and from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Sullivan Christian Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Sullivan Christian Church in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor John Blackmore officiating.
Funeral service was live-streamed on the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, MO’s Facebook page.
Burial was at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missour