James Fredrick Cooke

May 6, 1932 ~ November 3, 2020 (age 88)


James Fredrick Cooke

May 6, 1932 ~ November 3, 2020



James Fredrick Cooke, 88, of Goldsboro passed away on November 3 surrounded by family at his home.

He was born on May 6, 1932 to Fred and Lou Wilda Holland Cooke in the Nahunta Community.  He graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1950.  He then entered the USAF and upon completion he joined his father at FA Cooke Construction as a home builder.  In 1963 he formed Cooke Construction Company and continued building homes for over 50 years.

Mr. Cooke was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty Jane Howell Cooke; a son, Darrell Cooke, sisters Joyce Cooke Starling and Carolyn Cooke Peacock; a brother Auburn Cooke. 

He is survived by sons James Faron Cooke and Ricky D. Cooke a daughter Jeanine Cooke Howard, a granddaughter Taylor Christian Myers, Grandsons Jackson and Jacob Howard, Chancen Howard, great grandchildren Sophia Myers, Mylo Myers, and Willa Myers.

He is survived by sisters Brenda Cooke Johnstone and husband Don, Louwanna Pender and husband Gary.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6 at 2:00 P.M. at Pikeville Cemetery. The family will receive friends afterward at the home of Wanda Starling, 101 Shamrock Ct. Goldsboro NC 27530.

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Graveside Service
November 6, 2020

2:00 PM
Pikeville Cemetery
283 Mount Carmel Church Road
Pikeville, NC 27863

November 6, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wanda Starling

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