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Susan Henrietta Cook / September 03, 2019

Susan Henrietta Cook (affectionately called, “Mother Cook” by some, “Sister Cook” by her church family, “Aunt Sis” and “Sus Z-Q” by family members) was born on Jan. 13, 1923 in Clarksville, of Jeffers County to Benjamin and Minnie Burwell.

Out of her parents’ union, Susan had eleven siblings, who preceeded her in death. Susan transition from this life in loving surroundings at home with her dear grandchildren, John and Tishaun Ridley and step-grandson Michael Ridley (who was holding her hand singing when she transcended into glory) of Henryville, Pa., Aug. 25, 2019.

Susan was educated at St. Matthews School until the sixth grade. Although her education was limited to the sixth grade, she excelled in common sense, Godly wisdom, awareness and understanding. At the age of nine, Susan worked on a farm with her parents. She also assisted her aunt Hattie in a restaurant and helped carry food to the local townspeople.
In 1947, Susan relocated to New York to live. Shortly thereafter, she met and married the late James Rufus Cook.

Seven children were born out of this union of which three preceeded her in death. Her love for the Lord Jesus Christ began at an early age and she was led to join Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in 1963. Under the pastoral guidance of the late James T. Reeder, she joined the choir, did missionary work, served in the kitchen, the pastor’s aide boards and as a living sacrifice whenever she was needed. As a cook, Susan was famous for her home baked rolls and peach cobbler pies.

Whatever she was doing, she made sure to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. She always answered her phone with “Hello and Praise the Lord”. When she met strangers on the street, she would spread the Word and sing to them. They always received her. Even in Susan’s elderly years, she found in her heart the energy to physically care for neighbors that were sick and elderly. Susan did not speak an unkind word to anyone. She would always pray for all and say, “I’m not worried about a thing, but just to behold his face” and “I’m too blessed to be in distress.”

In 1988, she relocated back to Virginia and joined St. Matthew Baptist Church under the pastoral guidance of Rev. Jimmy Dews. In 1990, she joined Wharton Memorial Baptist Church under the pastoral guidance of Rev. James Arthur Hudson, whom she adopted as her “Spiritual Son”. He also adopted her as his “Spiritual Mother” and Mother of the Church. Here she served as a member of the Senior Choir, Missionary Board and Sunday school. Susan also adopted James Speed as her spiritual son and Carolyn Liggon as her spiritual daughter upon her return to Virginia.

On Aug. 20, 2017, Susan became a member of the Gospel Hill Baptist Church of the Bronx, N.Y., under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Henry Mack Jr. Susan was a worshipper and when she came to church this is what she did until her illness prevented her from attending. In Gospel Hill, everyone called her grandma. Susan let everyone know that Pastor and Lady Mack were her spiritual parents. She called them Papa and Mama Mack. She loved them and her new church family dearly. This love was reciprocated by the entire church family. Even thro she was over thirty-years there senior, Susan was a ball of fire for the Lord. She knew her redeemer lived because he lived inside of her.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory four children, James Rudy (Mary) Burwell of Orlando, Fla., Walter Eugene Burwell of Chicago, Louise Easley (Tracey) of Carteret, N.J. and Sadie Mae Cook of Brooklyn, N.Y., Susan is also survived by 21 grandchildren; two Step-grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and a host of other nieces and nephews.

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