Ed Cooksey (1918-2009)
William E. "Ed" Cooksey, 90, of Catlettsburg, passed away Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2009, at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Lawrence County, Ky., a son of the late Dennis and Maude Whitt Cooksey. He served our great nation bravely and honorably in the African Theatre with the U.S. Army during the World War II. He retired in 1983 from the Armco Steel blast furnace. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and faithfully attended Route 60 Freewill Baptist Church in Kenova and Yatesville Community Church.
Sadly, Ed leaves behind an adoring family including his wife of 63 years, Irene Daniel Cooksey; two sons, Kenneth R. Cooksey and his wife Vicki of Winchester and B. Joseph Cooksey and his wife Bobbi, of Tamassee, S.C.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He also was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Oakley and Lon Church.
A funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Cooksey will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg. Officiating will be Pastors Mike Cox and Paul Cox.
Final rest to follow a solemn committal at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.
Serving as casket bearers will be Derrick Cooksey, Don Ball, Walt Rice, Butch Gibson, Luke Kitchen and Mike Diamond.
Those wishing to call on the Cooksey family can do so between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.