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Rita Pearl Cooksie, 87, Cumberland Co. native/formerly of Adair (1929-2017)

She was the matriarch of a highly accomplished family. She was the daughter of the late Arvin & Lillie Jones and the widow of Raymond C. Cooksie. She was graduate of Jackman High School in Columbia, KY. Her careers included she worked for the Blue Boar company and later, while a resident of Glensfork, she worked for 20 years for Russell Sportswear. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer as long her health would permit. Her greatest joy was her four girls. She was proud of the noteworthy accomplishments of each, and she shared each achievement with family and friends. She leaves 12 direct living descendants.
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Rita Pearl Cooksie, age 87, died at home, in Louisville, KY, on Monday, February 13, 2017 after a long illness.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11amCT, at First Baptist Church, 847 Burkesville Street Columbia, KY with Rev. Albert Taylor delivering the eulogy. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4125 Johnson School Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be 5pm-8pmCT, Friday, February 17, 2017, and after 7amCT, Saturday at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.


Casket Bearers: Dwight Sweeney, Robert Henderson, Larin Jones, Carl Jones, Mark Jones, and Mickel Britt.

Flower Bearers: Janie Henderson, Bernice Bigham, Karen Smith, Teresa Talley, Terryl Graves, Patricia Britt, and Alice Graves.

Rita Pearl Cooksie, 87, Cumberland Co. native/formerly of Adair (1929-2017)

Rita was born on September 3, 1929, in Cumberland County, KY. She was the daughter of the late Arvin & Lillie Jones. She died in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, on February 13, 2017, at the age of 87 years, five months, and 10 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond C. Cooksie of Dallas Texas. She was the oldest of 13 children, and is preceded in death by James, Arvin, Jr., Wendell, Gary, Stephen, Arlee, Mary Jane Jones and Wanda Broadnax.

She attended Jackman High School in Columbia, KY from which she graduated in 1949. Upon graduating from high school, she lived in Louisville, KY, where she worked in the employ of the Blue Boar Restaurant. After relocating to Dallas TX, she resettled in Glensfork, KY, where she was an employee of Russell Sportswear for over twenty years.

Rita was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer as long her health would permit. She loved reading, quilting and gardening. She also loved to preserve various fruits and vegetables that she grew. She always had time for others, and was a caregiver for several members of the family when called upon.

Her greatest joy was her four girls. She was proud of the noteworthy accomplishments of each, and she shared each achievement with family and friends. Likewise, she had a great and abiding love for her grandchildren and did not miss an opportunity to show it. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all, and will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

Celebrating her life, and cherishing the beautiful memories, she leaves a loving and devoted family:
  • Daughters: Ina Cooksie, Kathy Cooksie Neal (Gerald), and Carolyn Cooksie, of Louisville, KY and Jancie Collins (Fred), Columbus, Ohio

  • Grandchildren: Kris Yocum, Shauna Arthur, Brandon Neal, Kristin Neal, Drew, Blake, and Grant Collins

  • Great-grandchild: Jada Arthur

  • Sisters: Pat Eddington and Deborah Thomas

  • Brothers: Maxwell Jones and Thurman Jones (Margaret)

  • and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many devoted and loving friends.
Send condolences to the family of Rita Pearl Cooksie

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.


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