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Funeral services for Todd Wiley Cooksey, age 69, an Atoka resident, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Hillcrest Baptist Church, in Atoka, with Brother Mike Daniel and Brother Steve Henry officiating.
Services are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Cooksey passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020, in Sherman, Texas.
He was born on Monday, February 19, 1951, to Ernest William and Delora Mae (Stamps) Cooksey, in Ada.
His family moved to Washington and then to California when he was two. Cooksey lived in Bakersfield, California until he was 28 years old.
Cooksey graduated from West High School and attended Bakersfield College.
He married Frances May (Ellison) on Friday, June 18, 1971, at Bakersfield, California.
Cooksey had many jobs in his lifetime. From working at Sears & Roebuck, having his own furniture refinishing shop, managing a Harold’s Broasted Chicken in Atoka, working for the Atoka County Times as a news editor and while semi-retired, he worked for Mike Daniel at Taco Mayo and Mazzios Pizza until his health became an issue. He also ran the Cooksey Ranch for several years and had names for all the cattle.
Every day he would get up and thank the Lord for allowing him to live another day. Cooksey enjoyed reading, playing guitar, playing games on his computer, and creating many projects out of wood. He loved making up new recipes and trying them out on family and friends, better known as “Lab Rats”. Cooksey was a wonderful storyteller and knew a little bit about everything it seemed. If anyone had a question about something, they would say “ask Todd, he’ll know!” He loved to help young people just getting started in life and gave advice when asked. Cooksey said that the young people kept him young at heart.
Survivors include his wife, Fran Cooksey of the home, in Atoka; brother, Steven Cooksey and wife, Kris, of McKinney, Texas; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Maupin and husband, Robert, of Rockwall, Texas; Mary Stark of Atoka; nieces and nephews, Tonya Bouchard and husband, Ron, of Dallas, Texas; Benjamin Todd Cooksey and wife, Liz, of Mt. Vernon, Washington; Sara Norfleet and husband, Dan, of Plano, Texas; Collene Lyons and husband, Danny, of Utah; Jeff Ellison and wife, Claudia, of Minnesota; Jennifer Ellison Arrendale of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Melanie Sowards and husband, Kevin, of The Colony, Texas; Andrea Maupin of Rockwall, Texas; Ryan Cartnal and wife, Joelle, of Los Osos, California; Carin Cathey and husband, Jason, of Bossier City, Louisiana; along with many dear and special friends and family including Chandra Hutson Potter, Chase Hutson, Marissa Blythe and Brandi Self. He also had three “Therapy Cats”, Domino, Ralphie, and Sissy.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Ernest William and Delora Mae (Stamps) Cooksey; one brother and his wife, Ernest “Buddy” Cooksey, Jr. and Jonlen; nephew, Torrence Cooksey; mother-in-law, Inez Dew Ellison; father-in-law, E. J. Bud Ellison; a brother-in-law, Chuck Ellison, and a nephew, Steven Maupin.
Condolences may be sent to the family by email to: BROWNS@ATOKA.NET. Please reference the name of the deceased in your correspondence.