Thomas Benton Cook, M.D., 82, of Richmond, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.
Thomas was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Richmond, the son of Thomas F. Cook, M.D. and Edna Munsill Cook. He married Margaret R. Rich of Fayette, on June 10, 1951; she survives, of the home.
In 1944, Thomas volunteered for service in the Naval Air Force during World War II. He served on board the Shangri La as an Aviation Electronic Technician. In 1946, he entered Central Methodist University in Fayette as a pre-medical student after being discharged from the Naval Air Force. He entered St. Louis University Medical School in 1950, graduating in 1954, and took his internship training at General Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Thomas was the third generation of medical doctors practicing in Ray County following his grandfather, Thomas B. Cook, and his father, Thomas F. Cook. He was a family physician in Ray County for 32 years before retiring in 1987. He came to Richmond in 1955, and was in a solo practice until the death of Dr. Elmer Gay when he and Dr. George Davault became partners in the Medical Center building. He served as the coroner of Ray County; on the Richmond School Board; and was active in Boy Scout affairs. He donated his time to be the doctor in residence when the Ray County Boy Scouts were in Osceola. He was a leader on Boy Scout treks to Camp Philmont, N.M.; and helped in the drive to raise money for the Richmond High School Band to attend the Midwest National Band Clinic in Chicago. He was a life long member of the Richmond United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees. Dr. Cook was a member of the Lafayette-Ray Medical Society, Missouri State Medical Society, American Institute of Hypnosis, and a charter member of The American Academy of Family Physicians.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: two sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas B. Cook, Jr., of Johannesburg, South Africa and James Edward Cook and his wife, Melissa, of York, Penn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Ann Durham and her husband, James F., of Wilmington, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Lucy and Lilly Cook, and Elizabeth and Mitchell Durham.
In addition to his parents, one brother, Wayne Morris Cook, preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Richmond United Methodist Church or to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Ray County Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at the United Methodist Church in Richmond. Memorial services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Military honors to be conducted at the church by the Richmond American Legion Post #237 and the Richmond VFW Post #4398. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.