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Funeral services for Mrs. Cook will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Center Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mildred Sanders Cook, age 94, died on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at MeSun Hospice Home in Lawrenceville, Georgia where she had been for her last two weeks. She was born in DeKalb, Mississippi on September 29, 1923 to John Jackson Sanders and Mattie Ross Sanders also of DeKalb, Mississippi. She was the second oldest of ten children: Jack, Jr., Maude Frances Short, Robert Curtis, Walter Earl, Lewis Lowry, Jimmy Clark, Etta Lee Henderson, Charles Glenn and Patricia Ann Key.
After graduating from Porterville High School in 1941, Mildred worked as a teller at Citizens Bank in Meridian and was an active member at the First Baptist Church in Meridian. It was there where she met Perrin H. Cook of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, fell in love, and married him there on November 17, 1946.
Mildred worked by Perrins side as he was called into the ministry. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas while Mildred worked full time in Baylors admission office to help support them. After graduation, Perrin pastored several churches in Texas with Mildred by his side every step of the way. Perrin graduated in December of 1950 and they left Texas to attend The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In March while there, their oldest son Theodore Perrin was born. Later after graduating from the seminary, Perrin pastored and planted several churches in Kentucky and Mary Catherine, John Chester and George Wayne were born. John was actually born in DeKalb, Mississippi while Perrin was preaching in a revival.
As a pastors wife, Mildred served in capacities she felt best accomplished. She diligently worked by her husbands side cooking for large crowds, cooking many meals for the sick and homebound, mending many pants and other clothing while Perrin ministered to them. She was especially known for her carrot cakes, banana pudding and chocolate pies. At Christmas, she labored tirelessly at making Turtles to give as gifts.
Mildred is survived by three siblings: Lewis Lowry, Charles Glenn Mickey and Patricia Pat. All four children, Ted, Cathy (Limmer), John and Wayne, their spouses, Kathy, Mark, Ruth and Regi. She also has 6 grandchildren: Amy (spouse, Jeff) Robbins from San Antonio, Texas; Laura (spouse, Brandon) Best from New Braunfels, Texas; Christin (spouse Jonathan) Shepard from Buford, Georgia; and Allison (spouse Scott) Chasin from Cary, North Carolina, (twins) Sullivan (spouse Melissa) Cook from Savannah, Georgia and Taylor (spouse Maria) Cook from Enola, Pennsylvania. Mildred has 10 great grandchildren: Tre Robbins, Will Robbins, Katie Best, Noah Best, Millie Shepard, Jackson Shepard, Emily Cook, Ezra Cook, Emelia Cook and Perrin Cook.
In lieu of flowers, please make your contributions to the Chosen People Ministries who faithfully supported Perrins ministry through the years and trained him to witness to the Jewish people. The address is 241 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. till 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Published on December 14, 2017
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