Clarence “Bootsie” Floyd Cook, Jr.

Clarence “Bootsie” Floyd Cook, Jr. peacefully died on February 24, 2024 at the age of 86. He was within the warm and loving embrace of his family at his residence of Avon Park, Florida. Born on September 6, 1937, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bootsie was a devoted son to the late Clarence Floyd Cook, Sr. and Athali Crawford Cook.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Cook.

Bootsie was a long time resident of Warren County, Virginia and a graduate of Warren County High School, class of 1958. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963, dedicating himself to his country with the same commitment he applied to every aspect of his life.  He later attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, cultivating his talent and intellect.  Following graduation, he embarked on a long and fulfilling career as a Respiratory Therapist, a role in which he provided care and comfort to countless individuals. He worked at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal Virginia from 1973 – 1978.  He then worked at Walker Memorial Hospital and Florida Hospital Heartland Division in Highlands County, Florida from 1978 until his retirement in 2016.

A devout member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, he worshipped faithfully at the Front Royal Seventh-Day Adventist Church and upon relocating, the Avon Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Bootsie was a man whose hobbies were as rich and varied as his character. He was a fervent collector, his interests encompassing coins, stamps, gems, and fossils. His talents extended to the arts of woodworking and photography, through which he expressed his creativity and love for beauty.  He spent many years building his skills in repelling and scuba diving which was beneficial when he joined the Front Royal Search and Rescue.  Active in the speleological community, he was a member of the National Speleological Society and the Underground Explorers Club alongside his friends Tony Marchi and Sam Dunaway.

He leaves behind his cherished wife, Sandra Ross Garbers Cook; his children, Cassandra Cook, Robin Cook, Kimberly Hirsch (Michael) and Michael Cook; his dear grandchildren, Alexandra Evans, Jordan Wilson (Lane), Michaeli Hirsch, Dakota Hirsch,  Corey McHargue, and Kevin McHargue; and his beloved great-grandchildren, Carson Evans, Gibson Evans, Zayne McHargue, and Luella Wilson. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother, Robert Cook; his sister, Anna Sue Cooper; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 10:00 am at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia. Interment will follow at Panorama Memorial Gardens, where Bootsie will be laid to rest. Maddox Funeral Home is overseeing the arrangements.


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