Police Lt. Curtis Cook
March 28, 1944 - August 30, 2006
October , 2006
Cook joined the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society
in February, 1993. He was a frequentvisitor to the original
Smyrna Museum on King Street that opened April 25, 1992.
He immediately became interested in checking into his
home town's history. He was fascinated by some of the
things he learned about his town as he looked through
the old bound volumes of the Smyrna Herald newspaper,
scrap books from various clubs and the other photos
and documents which made up the museum collection at
But even before joining the Smyrna Historical Society,
as a Smyrna Policeman, Curtis has been interested in
the history of the old west and some of the law enforcement
people of fact and fiction.
This interest led him to joining a company of western
re-enactors who toured the country recreating shows
like Shootout at the OK Corral and others
His favorite characters were Wyatt Earp and John Henry
"Doc" Holliday. Curtis, like Earp, was a quick
Curtis Cook. But back to the story of Curtis joining
the Smyrna Historical Society. My wife, Betty, had been
the research editor of the Visiting The Past column
since Lives and Times was started back in the mid 1980's.
Shortly after Curtis joined, he was interested in learning
how the material for the column was gathered. Betty
was eager to have some help with the time consuming
research and invited Curtis to go to the Georgia Room
at the main Cobb County library to see how the items
for column were gleaned from the microfilm library of
This was also about the time that Betty started having
some health problems that eventually led to her death
just a few months later.
Curtis Cook at the grand opening of the
Smyrna Museum at 2861 Atlanta Road, April 25, 1999 as
a tour guide.
invited Curtis to go to the library with her to do the research
and they shared the by-line for the May-June, 1993 issue.
That was the last one Betty was ever able to do. She became
seriously ill in the latter part of June and never recovered
from the surgery that led to her death on September 20, 1993
Curtis researched and did the text for the July-August 1993
issue of Lives and Times and continued the column, with help
sometimes from Susan Baugh, and Dianne Mills, until he had
a major stroke at the age of 58. The stroke left him paralyzed
on the left side and a speech impediment that extensive physical
and speech therapy never healed.
was able to return to his home for a while but eventually
he went into Nurse Care of Buckhead, an assisted living home,
for three years. A short time before he died, he was a resident
of Haven House Hospice in Sandy Springs where he died August
in Smyrna all his life. He graduated from public schools and
his employment had been with the Smyrna Police Department
for 35 years before he retired on disability after his stroke.
His parents were Jessie and Ruby Hollifield Cook, who preceded
him in death as did two of his brothers, Jimmy and Richard.
Curtis is survived by one brother, Charles, who lives with
his wife Patsy in Ellijay, two sisters-in-law, Dot Cook of
Smyrna and Earline Cook of Austell. We extend our sympathy
to the family.
Funeral services were held at the Castellaw Funeral Home Friday,
September 1 and burial was at the Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.
was a good friend, a tireless worker, and his knowledge of
local history and his personal contribution of photos, documents,
and other memorabilia etc. to the Smyrna museum has added
greatly to collection. He will be greatly missed
loved to write and tell stories. Here's one of the poems he
strolling thru the orchard
on a summer afternoon
communing with nature
our harmony in tune.
I spied a wondrous apple hanging from the tree
and I knew that I must have it
for it looked so good to me.
So I climbed upon the fence
and I plucked it from the limb.
And I marveled at its luster shining like a ruby gem.
My mouth began to water,
so inviting did it look.
And I was filled with such emotion
That my fingers fairly shook!.
So I bit into the flesh,
So juicy and so firm
And OH! It was DELECIOUS!!
'Till I spied that half 'a worm.
you Lt. Cook and Rest In Peace