Billy Joe Cook • December 13, 2020

Billy Joe Cook, beloved husband, father and Paw Paw, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 13th 2020. At the age of 81, Billy was surrounded by love at home with his wife and family when the angels called him home.

He was born on June 13th,1939 in Greenville, AL to loving parents Canie and Ruth (Tart) Cook. After graduating from Dozier High School he moved to Pensacola, FL where he worked for Newport/Reichold Chemical, until he retired after 50 years of dedicated service.

Billy married the love of his life, Jo Ann Josey, on April 6th 1962, in Pensacola. Together, they raised four daughters.

A dedicated and beloved member of the Church of Christ, Billy served as a Deacon for many years. He loved taking vacations with his family, and traveling the US in their motorhome. Billy always put family first, as they were his whole world. He took pride in his rose bushes, and enjoyed working in the yard. A New Orleans Saints’ fan, Billy loved his football, the outdoors, and every moment spent with his family.

Billy is now resting in heaven with his parents Canie and Ruth, his great granddaughter Kaidlyne Marie Ast, and son-in-law Michael Ray Howell.

His memory will continue to live on with his loving wife JoAnn Cook. His four daughters; Tammy (Michael) Howell, Pamela Cook, Cindy (Scott) Peterson and Billie Ann (JB) Vandergriff. Billy’s brother, Donald Cook, and sister, Mildred Head. He was so proud of his 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

The Cook’s would like to extend gratitude to VITAS healthcare and the wonderful nurses who cared for Billy with compassion, their Scenic Hills Church of Christ family, and all those who kept Billy in their prayers.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 6-8pm at Pensacola Memorial Gardens in Pensacola Fl. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17th at 10:30am in the chapel at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. You may express condolences at

  1. Teri & Dale Knee says:

    Our deepest condolences are given to JoAnn and all the members of Billy’s family. We know they will come to celebrate the happy times they had with Billy and will find comfort in the knowledge that he is now at peace.

  2. Rebecca Farley Wyatt says:

    All my love, sympathy and memories
    are with you all. Ms. Joann, Tammy, Pam, Cindy and Billie…my love and prayers 🙏 are with you all.

  3. Frank & Doris Emmons says:

    Frank & I are sorry for you & the girls loss JoAnn. We will keep you in our prayers. We have fond memories of Billy and the worker he was in the church. Please remember, he was loved & thought of fondly. Great memories will take you through the grief. Our love & prayers are offered.

  4. Jeff and DD Howell says:

    DD and I were saddened to hear about Billy and send our Love and Prayers to JoAnn and family.This time of year makes his passing especially tough. God Bless.

  5. Curtis Cook Jr. says:

    I have such fond memories of seeing Billy Joe at any family function or reunion that I was at. Billy Joe had such presence that he was one the first people I would recognize as a kid. My Dad has told me so many great stories of him, Billy Joe and Donald growing up together and the shenanigans that in sued. I know my Dad loves him like a brother. I want you to know if it was at all possible to get him there I would. His health just wont permit the long trip and the stress of the grief of loosing such a great friend. I know that all the generations of our family that knew Billy Joe are now hugging his neck real tight and that one day we will do the same. We love you all, Curtis Cook Jr. and family.

  6. Sarah Stewart Armstrong says:

    Joann, so sorry to hear of your loss. Ed was fond of Billy Joe. We all graduated from DHS.
    Ed was three years older than Billy Joe, but they knew each other. Ed passed away in 2014. Take care of yourself.

  7. Iam so sorry to hear about Billy! I know how devoted he was to his family. He will be truly missed! He was always in a pleasant mood every time I saw him. Dear Jo Ann, my heart goes out to you especially. You hardly ever saw one without the other. May God give you peace and comfort during this time. I have wonderful memories of you and your family!

    With Love,

    Jo Ann Krushas

  8. Kaley Jo Vandergriff says:

    Billy took me in as one of his own when he didn’t have to. He was a wonderful example of Christ in my life and I am very thankful for the time we got to spend together. Until we meet again.

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