Thomas “Tommy” Edward Cook, 72, of Statesville, N.C., passed away, Monday, February 14, 2022, at his home.

Tommy was born May 1, 1949, in Iredell County and was the son of the late David Cook and Eloise Little Cook, who survives. He was a graduate of North Iredell High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. On August 21, 1971, he married Bonnie Privette Cook, who survives and together they are members of Concord Presbyterian Church. Tommy began his career 1967 with the Iredell County Rescue Squad and later became a firefighter with the Statesville Fire Department in 1971 and retired as Captain in 2006. He also joined the American Red Cross in 1967 and was awarded the Spirit of Cliff Andrews Award, which is the highest honor awarded to a Volunteer.

In addition to his wife of 50 years and his mother, Tommy is survived by three children, Jennifer Santee (Sam), Benjamin Cook, and Matt Cook (Megan); five grandchildren, Jacob, Carter and Cameron Webster, and Carson and Colton Cook; and three brothers, Michael, Dan and Jeff Cook, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2022, at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Liz Troyer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Fireman Honors. The family will visit with friends following the service. Mr. Cook will lie in state Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Troutman Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Levine’s Children’s Hospital, 1000 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

2 thoughts on “Thomas Edward Cook

  1. Ron Hillard..Retired NCSHP says:

    God’s speed Tommy. I have fond memories of Tommy, Fat Caldwell, and My Dad staying in Beavers Cabin in Busick, N.C., and hunting Mount Mitchell. Tommy was an outstanding fireman. When I was a state trooper, we would see each other on the interstates; Tommy was out there helping people he didn’t even know. Tommy was such a good guy. He will be missed. Sympathy and Blessings to Tommy’s Family.

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