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Gary W. (Frog) Rooks, 59, Columbia, KY (1963-2023)

Gary Wayne "Frog" Rooks of Columbia died on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 3:15 A.M. at TJ Health Columbia. He was 59 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30amCT on Monday, February 6, 2023, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Pastor Glenn McInteer officiating. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

He was born July 26, 1963, in Adair County, to the late Joe and Nancy Luttrell Rooks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Huston Rooks and a sister, Faylene Padilla.

Frog was a self-employed mechanic and auto body-man, and recently accepted Jesus as his Savior.

Survivors include:
  • His wife - Nioki Loy Rooks of Columbia
  • Two brothers - Johnny Rooks of Milltown and Donald Rooks of Seymour, Indiana
  • Three sisters - Mitzi (Billy) Burton, Betty Burton and Jean Arnett all of Columbia
  • A Sister-in-law - Naomi Kerr of Glens Fork
  • A Brother-in-law - Autry (Joyce) Loy of Columbia
  • Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Casket Bearers: Patrick Loy, Ethen Pelly, Autry Loy, Cotton Smith, Zach Gilbert, Kenny Burton

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Gary Rooks, 59, Columbia, KY (1963-2023)

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