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December 09, 2023

Jake Carlton Cooke III

Jake Carlton Cooke III

Jake Carlton Cooke III, 72, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir.

He was born May 23, 1950, in Martin County, to the late Jake Carlton Cooke Jr. and Elan Bland Cooke. Carlton was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover where he was a Deacon. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the Hickory Rescue Squad and a founding member of the Cary Rescue Squad. Carlton also worked as a football official and retired as a field agent in the insurance field.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 47 years, Judith Miller Cooke of the home; son, Joseph Cooke of Hickory; daughter, Heather Stafford and husband Bryan of Taylorsville; and grandchildren, Tessa Stafford (11) and Tabytha Stafford (5).

A memorial service to celebrate Carlton’s life, with military honors by Catawba Valley Marine Corps League, will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service. Rev. Dr. Tim Jernigan, Rev. Dr. Ed Yount, and Rev. Dr. Chuck Campbell will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway NE, South Tower Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328; or to the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

Condolences may be sent to the Cooke Family at

The Cooke Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton.


  1. Vicky Fleming Hicks on February 27, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Carlton looks the same as he did in school. You all are in my prayers.

  2. Ben Flanagan on February 28, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Rest in Peace my good FRIEND AND CLASSMATE … !!!

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