Born May 30, 1930 in Aberdeen, he was a son of the late Robert Edward and Nanne Smith Cook. Mr. Cook was retired from the U.S. Air Force. Richard was a Red Cross volunteer, delivered meals to the home bound, and volunteered at Ashe Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS), assisting the community during Hurricane David. He also assisted with the Hope Mills Volunteer Fire Department with the CERT Program.
Richard is survived by his wife, Gayle Bidleman Cook; four children, Russell Cook of Collegedale, Tenn., Diana Haun of New Baden, Ill., Ken Cook of Asheville, and Cynthia Hart of Hope Mills; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Cook of Gainesville, Fla.
Memorial services for Mr. Richard Bell Cook will be conducted at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the Cook family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Cook family.