Mrs. Phayree Cook

  • Born: April 25, 1929
  • Died: August 23, 2021
  • Location: Edna, Texas

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mrs. Phayree Cook, age 92, of Edna, Texas, formerly of Murray, Kentucky, died on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Mrs. Cook was born in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi on April 25, 1929, to the late Grady Estell Vaughan and Jeffie Olene (Seawright) Vaughan. Mrs. Cook retired from Murray State University as a graduate coordinator and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Murray.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie F. Cook; and one daughter, Gloria Dale Johnson.

Mrs. Cook is survived by one daughter, Olivia Anne Mixon and husband John T. of Edna, Texas; one son, Grady Franklin Cook of Charleston, South Carolina; son-in-law, Norman Johnson of Slaughters, Kentucky; as well as five grandchildren, Andrew Dale Johnson, Bryan Franklin Johnson, John T. Mixon, III, Samuel Cook Mixon, Anna Phayree Mixon.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Bro. Joe Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in the Murray Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, 211 North Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Olivia, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. May your memories of your sweet mom give you peace. Sending love and hugs! James and Susan Edwards

Posted by Susan Edwards - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 30, 2021

Olivia and Grady, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother.

Posted by Terese & Ronnie Shemwell - Hazel, KY - Family Friend   August 28, 2021

I worked in the MSU Admissions and Registrar's Office with Phayree for many years. I loved this woman - she was such fun - she was good to all who entered her door whether you were a student or a co-worker - I can still hear her laugh - I am so happy that I crossed her path in life.

Posted by Barbara Thompson - Brandenburg, KY - Coworker   August 25, 2021

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