Ezra Glen Cook of Pontotoc, Texas passed on to be with the Lord on August 17, 2011 at the age of 88. He was born May 18, 1923 in Alpine, Texas to Lottie (Yeager) Cook and Ezra Cook. He met and married Cliffa Gene Lange, July 31, 1942 while she was attending Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine. The couple moved to San Diego, California during WWII where Ezra was stationed in the U.S. Navy for two and one-half years. During that stay, their first child, Charles Ezra was born in 1945.
At the end of the war the couple returned to Texas where Ezra joined his father-in-law, Walter Lange, in the ranching business. A daughter, Candace Dawn, was born in 1947 followed by another daughter, Kristy Ann in 1951.
Ezra was an accomplished carpenter as evidenced by the transformation of an 1850’s vintage house into the beautiful structure that still serves as the family home. He was a recognized breeder of quality Herford cattle, a conservationist, and good steward of the land in his charge.
Ezra was an active member of Baptist churches all his life and was ordained as a deacon at the Cherokee Baptist church in 1955. There he organized the first R.A. chapter for boys and was their leader. He also served as Sunday school director for thirty two years at Cherokee. In 1989 he moved his membership to Llano First Baptist Church where he continued to serve as deacon until 2008. At that time due to failing health, he went on inactive status and was honored as Deacon Emeritus.
Civic minded, Ezra served on the Cherokee School Board for several years, the San Saba County Hospital Board, the Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and the San Saba County Property Owners Board of Directors.
Ezra was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Lottie Cook and son-in-law, Don Henderson. He is survived by his wife, Cliffa Gene Cook; son, Charles and wife Lale of Refugio, Texas; daughter, Candace Henderson of Cherokee, Texas; and daughter, Kristy Harris and husband Joe of Cherokee and Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Amy Peters, Wendy McQueen, Dawn Dockey, Neslie Cook, Judd Henderson, Curtis Harris; great-grandchildren, Deacon Henderson, Levi Henderson, Lachlan Harris, Benjamin McQueen, Bethany Dockey. He is also survived by two sisters, Lona Le Dixon of Manvel, Texas, Alice Ross of San Angelo, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held August 19, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas. Services were held at Llano First Baptist Church on August 20, with Pastor Rick Cundieff officiating. Burial was at Cold Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jed Tedder, Jay Tedder, Bret Whitson, Richard Ross, Randall Ross, and Norman Ross. Honorary pallbearers are members of Ezra’s Sunday school class.
Memorial gifts may be made to Llano First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.
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