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Cook, 53, of Lincoln, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Memorial
Medical Center in Springfield.
A celebration of his life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
28, at Second Baptist Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Glenn
Shelton officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the
service at 3 p.m.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Union
Holland Barry and Bennett
Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.
Years have passed, decades, and what you see
today could not possibly allow you to see the quiet,
meek, talented person who was a son, brother, father
and most of all, a MAN.
Norman was born March 2, 1955, in Chicago to
James Allen Cook Sr. and Lizzell Varnardo Cook.
Norman will be missed by his mother, Lizzell Cook
of Lincoln; his brothers, Harold (and wife Marsha)
Cook of Bloomington, Steve (and wife Annettia) Cook
of Minnesota and Joseph Cook of Lincoln; his
sisters, Rosemary Cunningham of Las Vegas, Nev.,
Linda (and husband Jerry) McGrady of Naperville,
Beverly (and husband Vernell) Ross of Dallas, Texas,
Stacy (and husband Eric) Jackson of Lincoln,
Stephanie Cook of Lincoln and Lisa Cook of
Bensonville; son Brian Cook of Orlando, Fla.;
daughter Kristina Cook of Lincoln; grandson Payton
Cook of Lincoln; and numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; one
brother, James Allen Cook Jr.; and one sister, Nina
He attended Crown Elementary, Farragut High
School and Lincoln Community High School.
Norman was known as "Shorty" to his family and
friends because he was little in stature and height.
Then one day he could no longer be called "Shorty"
because he grew so tall.
He went on to excel in high school basketball and
at the University of Kansas, subsequently becoming a
first-round draft for the Boston Celtics.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to the family of Norman Cook, in care of Second
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