Candler Cook

Candler Felix Cook, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

He was a native of Jackson County and was the son of the late John Lewis and Ellen Watson Cook. He served in the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Navy. Candler taught math in Jackson and Swain county school systems for 30 years. He spent several summers working for the Park Service. Candler won Mr. Carolina for two years in weightlifting and continued to live a life of physical activity and health. He was famous for his red Corvette and used to say he would be buried in it one day. He was a bear hunter who loved his hound dogs and his cattle.

Mr. Cook is survived by his brother, Martin Alfred Cook and wife, Ora Blanche of Caney Fork; his sister Arbie Cook Rhodes and her daughter, Judy Rhodes of Arden; his niece, Marcia Cook of Caney Fork; nephews, Myron Cook and his wife Jennifer of Clinton, Tenn., Michael Cook of Washington, Ga.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in the chapel of Western Carolina Funeral and Cremation Service. Rev. Mike Queen and Rev. Steve Webb officiated.

The family received friends on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to Caney Fork Community Center, 4121 Caney Fork Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

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