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December 17, 1942 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Robert “Bob” Paul Cook, the “World’s Wealthiest Man,” 81, of Greenville, Virginia was called to his eternal home on Monday, February 26th, 2024.

He was born on December 17th, 1942 in Harriston, Virginia to the late Malcolm Cook and Gladys Blackwell. He was a graduate of Wilson Memorial High School, class of 1960. He became a machinist and spent most of his adult years as a highly skilled certified tool and die maker. During those early years, he was a drummer in a country music band, Red Steed & the Country Colts. He married the love of his life, Judith Adele Cox of Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 5th, 1970 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. They moved to Lyndhurst, Virginia in 1973 where they raised their daughters. He worked at ACME Visible Records in Crozet, Virginia until 1990. In 1993 he and his family relocated to southwest Missouri in the rural community of Bethpage. He bought a small farm and ran cattle on the side for 22 years. Of all of Bob’s many skills and occupations, none gave him more joy than farming. He loved running cattle, getting on his tractor and brush hogging his 51 acres. During his 22 years in Missouri, he worked 15 of those years at Excell Manufacturing in Decator, Arkansas where he met and made lifelong friends, specifically his boss, Jerry Lacy. He loved that job. He then worked another 7 years at H.E. Williams Manufacturing until his retirement in 2014.

While in Missouri, he served as an elder at Old Bethpage Church. He was also very involved in his community, always helping neighbors, friends and strangers in any way he was able. He was instrumental in the reopening of the Bethpage Community Center, where he remained involved for many years. He was also a member of the McDonald County Republican Club.

In 2015, he moved back to Virginia to be near his children and extended family. He attended New Covenant Church in Greenville, Virginia, where he served as an elder. He was a great man of faith, never leaving a conversation without some word of encouragement or scripture. He was a grateful, recovered alcoholic for almost 38 years. For many years he attended AA meetings, saying he wanted to be the one at the door welcoming in the new ones because once upon a time it had been him. He never met a stranger. To know him was to love him. Though he loved everybody he met, he would often remark that his “greatest earthly treasure” was his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded into glory by his brother, Malcom Cook Jr., his sister, Nancy Shifflett, grandson, Jacob Harris, two nieces, Rita Gibson & Kate Fonner, and three nephews, Jerry Cook, Mike Lawson and Ronald Baber.

He is survived by his loving wife Judi of 53 years, his 5 daughters, Paula Watkins, Jennie Fuson (Ricky), Mary Walker (Travis), Holly Harris (Kevin), and Emily Coursey (Ben), two sisters, Micky Brinkley & Debbie Hemp (Timmy), 16 grandkids, and 7 great-grandchildren.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Nicole Babinger for the incredible kindness, love and care she gave to Bob in his final days and for the comfort she provided for his family. She was here when she didn’t have to be. She went above and beyond in every way. Thank you will never be enough. She will forever hold a special place in the hearts of this family.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 5 pm until 8 pm at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10 am at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

“You have a blessed day.” - R.P.C.

This obituary is a courtesy to the Cook and Fuson Family from Green Hills Funeral Home.

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