Mr. Drue Cooke

Daugherty Cemetery

Rains County Leader
Rains Co. Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay and Patricia Nall


Rains Co. Leader  Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay
July 1, 1921

In Memory of One Just Gone

After a lingering illness of about 22 days, the Grim Reaper visited the home of Mr. Drue Cooke on the night of Jun 24, 1921, and took from him his dear companion, Viola. One of our most highly appreciated neighbors and church workers. She was a true Christian, having spent the latter part of her life for God. She leaves a devoted husband and babe, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her untimely departure from this earth, but rejoicing over Heaven’s gain. It was sad indeed to see the young wife and mother taken from the home only to leave it desolate, but thanks be to God she is free from all suffering and temptations. We pray that the husband will so consecrate his life for God’s cause that he might be an example and guide for the babe to go by in gaining a place in Heaven to again be in the arms of his mother. Never have we witnessed such a struggle for life. Not that she feared death, for she left this testimony:
”I am safe and secure, willing and ready to go. Do not weep for me. Only strive for your own soul’s salvation; that I may meet you beyond the Golden Gates.”

She prayed, if it be God’s will to look down upon her in his tender mercy, and spare her life, that she might live to raise the little one for Him, who had give the little bud to bloom in their home. But God saw fit to call her home for some great purpose we know not. We come here only to stay a little while and then be plucked out like a lily in the grass. We must be submissive to the inevitable, for He doeth all things well.

“God moves in a mysterious Way, His Wonders to perform.” 

But when all his purposes have been unfolded,

He will be His own interpreter.

He will make it plain.

Faith penetrates the veil and bids the invisible stand disclosed.

While its magic wand wakens unto life, forms well know, but Holier and lovelier than we knew them here.

All of the physicians of our land were summoned but all that could be done was of no avail.

God said: “I need you, you must come home.”
The home will be lonely, but God will strengthen their broken hearts. It was sad indeed to see and hear her kiss and caress husband and babe for the last time here on earth, but waiting their coming in eternity. Remember dear husband, that there is a time to come when you can meet her and separation will be no more.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Pm the 25th day of June 1921 her remains were conveyed to the Daugherty cemetery where the funeral services were appropriately conducted by Rev. Parkins, her pastor. After which, among a number of sorrowing relatives and friends, we laid away our loved one, placing flowers on the new made mound we left Viola to wait the coming of the Savior to claim her as His own. We saw the father and mother bending low over the grave where their hearts dearest treasure had been laid. To them we can only say that the same divine power who took away your treasure will pour balm on your wounded hearts and give you grace.
”Now she has crossed the shining river safe;

She rests on yonder shore;

She is in her home eternal,

With loved ones gone before.”

A very true friend,

Della Blanton

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank each and every one for their loving kindness during the sickness and death of our darling wife, daughter and sister, Viola Cooke, and hope that each of you may ever be blessed with such loyal friends and neighbors in times of sickness or distress. Don’t hesitate calling upon us, and we pray God’s richest blessings upon you, and that God will always be mindful of you in time of trouble.

Her Husband, Parents, Brothers, Sisters