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Whit M. Cook II

Died: September 24, 2006

Whit McCrary Cook II, 63, died at his home in Baton Rouge on Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery in Madi…read more

Whit McCrary Cook II, 63, died at his home in Baton Rouge on Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery in Madison, Miss., on Monday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. Whit was born on March 8, 1943, in Morton, Miss., and grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was active in the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated in 1962 fromCentralHigh School in Jackson, where he participated in all sports. He then attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama, after which he attended LSU and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, he enrolled in the LSU School of Law, earning his juris doctorate degree in 1972. He was a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and The Tiger Athletic Foundation. During his legal career he successfully argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1975. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Bryan J. Bienvenu, Dr. Kenny J. Cole and Dr. John E. McLachlan and their staffs, and to Hospice of Baton Rouge for their compassion and caring. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Cook; stepfather, Jack H. Nolan; and sister, Eva Diane Parker. Survivors include his son, John Jeremy Cook of Pasadena, Calif.; daughter, Caton Rethmeier and her husband, Blaine, and their son, John Taylor Rethmeier, all of Arlington, Va.; mother, Frances G. Jackson; and a sister, Lisa Healey of Brandon, Miss. He is also survived by stepbrother and sister, David Cook and Donna O’Hara ofJacksonville, Fla., as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and his special companion, Yvonne Parkins. Honorary pallbearers are Erik L. Burns, Michael J. Maginnis, Joseph Hartlaub, John A. Adger Jr., Albert “Buzz” Blanchard, Guy Palermo, Gill Lerma and Iverson Bienvenu. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Baton Rouge or Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951 in Memory of Whit M. Cook II.

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