Charles Ezra Cook of Refugio, Texas passed on to be with the Lord on March 28, 2014 at the age of 69. He was born January 24, 1945 in the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California to Cliffa Gene Lange Cook and Ezra Glen Cook.
Charlie married Zehra Lale Kuzu on July 12, 1972 in Istanbul, Turkey. They met in Munich, Germany while he was stationed there in the Army. Prior to that, he had served one year in Vietnam after earning a Master’s Degree in Physics.
After returning to the States, Charles got his first teaching job in Lampasas, Texas. Two years later, Charles and Lale moved to Refugio where he taught mathematics and computer science for the next 40 years. Their daughter, Neslie Jill, was born in 1975.
Charles was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church. He taught the older men’s Sunday School class, was a member of the Baptist Men’s Group, and was on a number of committees. Charles also taught “Celebrate Recovery” and was a major influence in the lives of those in that group. He took special interest in the needs of his neighbors and friends.
Charles’ mission in life was to educate. Through the classroom, Mr. Cook touched innumerable lives and has helped generations of students to enjoy and understand math and computer science. Up until his last week, he tirelessly worked on curriculum that is now being used by over 2000 high schools across the country and even internationally.
Charles never met a problem he didn’t try to solve. Those solutions led him to many business ventures including Memogram, in which he was one of the early pioneers in voicemail technology; Precision Prototypes, a circuit board manufacturing company; Power Quest, which patented a cordless battery charger; Aeroview, an aerial mapping and surveying company; as well as oilfield automation and web-programming.
He had a variety of unique hobbies and interests including beekeeping, piloting airplanes, electronics, Egyptology, and world travel.
Charlie was preceded in death by his father Ezra Glen Cook, and brother-in-law Don Henderson. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lale Cook; daughter, Neslie Cook of Austin, Tx; and mother, Cliffa Gene Cook of Pontotoc, Tx. He is also survived by two sisters, Candace Henderson of Cherokee, Tx and Kristy Harris and husband, Joe Harris of Cherokee, Tx and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church in Refugio, Tx on Monday, March 31. Following the service, a celebration of his life was held at the Refugio High School Auditorium. Graveside service was held at Cold Creek Cemetery in Llano County, located near the family ranch.
Pallbearers were: Randall Ross, Richard Ross, Norman Ross, Judd Henderson, Billy Clay Myers, and Todd Deaver. Honorary pallbearers are Curtis Harris and Joe Harris.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, Tx 77901.