Fallen Hero: Chaplain (LTC) Jackie E. Cooke (Ret)


Funeral Home

Hathron Funeral Home

167 Hwy 198 E. Columbia, MS 39429
(601) 731-2000


 4-8 pm, Thursday, January 11, 2024, Hathorn Funeral Home and 1-2  pm, Friday, January 12, 2024, Edna Baptist Church, Columbia


2  pm, Friday, January 12, 2024, Edna Baptist Church, Columbia


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 9, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Chaplain (LTC) Jackie E. Cooke (Ret), age 81, who served as a Chaplain in multiple commands in the MSARNG, to include the 106 Support Battalion and 168th Engineer Group has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Edna Baptist Church in Columbia for Rev. Jackie E. Cooke, 81, of Darbun, who passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at Mississippi State Veterans Home. Interment will be at Magee`s Creek Cemetery in Jayess. Rev. Kenny Peavy will officiate the services. Sherry Breeland, Eric Lucas, Jordan Maske, and Aaron McKenzie will provide special music. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Hathorn Funeral Home and from 1:00 pm until service time on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Edna Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Gale Magee Cooke; Father, Edward Forrest Cooke; Mother, Lorene Nash Cooke; Step-Mother, Trudie Cooke; Brother-In-Law, Bill Moseley; In-Laws, Willie and Catherine Shoemaker; In-Laws, Ray and Erma Magee.

He is survived by his Wife, Susan Shoemaker Cooke;  Son, Len Cooke (Tracey);  Daughter, Lorie Cooke;  Step-Son, Justin Southerland (Shelly);  Step-Daughter, Jeni Rhea Delorenzo (Kent);  Grandchildren, Logan Cooke (Mary Menger), Jordan Maske (Cody), Kaden Dale (Jana), Jackson Dale, Alexis Hendry, Jaiden Southerland, Ashtyn Southerland, Taylor Berry and Jordan Grenier (Adrian);  Brother, Glenn Cooke (Charlotte); Sisters, Barbara Moseley and Erma Arnold (Garland); Great Grandchildren, Cooper Jack Cooke, James Tate Cooke, Brooks Dale and Seiko Grenier;  A host of nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Kent Delorenzo, Justin Southerland, Logan Cooke, Kaden Dale, Jackson Dale, and Cody Maske.

Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign an online guest register book at www.hathornfuneralhome.com