Danny Ray “Dan” Cook

Danny Ray “Dan” Cook

November 26, 1938 - October 25, 2022
Hurricane, WV

Danny Ray “Dan” Cook

November 26, 1938 - October 25, 2022
Hurricane, WV


Danny (Dan) Ray Cook of Hurricane, WV, was born in Leckie, McDowell County, WV, November 26, 1938, and passed in hospice on October 25, 2022. 

Dan is survived by his wife, Betty Sepulveda Cook; daughters, Connie Lee Bloss of Charleston, WV, and Troutdale, VA, (partner, Hank Glass), Crystal Cook Marshall of Union Grove, NC, (husband, Edward Marshall), and Cathy Cook; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nephews and their families; cousins; and, family from his wife stretching from Europe to her native Cali, Colombia. The family from Colombia wanted to express they are distraught and they love/d Dan very much.

A summer in his brother’s pick mine sent Dan above ground, and after the Army, he worked in insurance in and out of the hollers of WV and SWVA. In his 20s, he taught himself graphic design and sign painting, and later, lithography and screen printing. Priding himself for being of Ben Franklin’s profession, Dan printed many of the highway signs dotting the region, and even on his deathbed, fretted about work for customers.

A hard worker with a busy mind, Dan loved wordplay and clever quips, with which, nearly till the end, he entertained family, friends, and himself. He had notepads full of ideas, and he remained chockfull of stories.

An actual master of many trades and arts, having learned many vocational skills from his father and brother, Dan built or renovated his own personal and commercial buildings and invented machines for his business. He went through deep creative phases where he also did outputs in oil, in songwriting and screenwriting, invented card and board games, and wrote fiction. An avid editorialist, for several years Dan published a column called “Blowing Bubbles” in a local paper.

In his 50s, he became an adventurous traveler, meeting his wife Betty in South America after learning Spanish on his own. He had traveled across the US, in Europe, in Mexico, in South America, across Russia, in Mongolia and China, and to Canada and the Caribbean.

Dan was active in Democratic politics and ran for state legislature in the 1990s. He also was for some time at-large president of the Graphic Artists Guild of America.

They don’t make them quite like Dan anymore and maybe never did.

Dan will be and is terribly missed, and, we hope he is still turning a joke, being silly, and being curious.

A religious service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Calvary Apostolic at 22 Old Hurricane Creek Road, Hurricane, WV 25526, followed by a memorial service and dinner at 2:30 p.m. at the John Henson Senior Center, 2800 Putnam Avenue, Hurricane, WV 25526. Friends and family welcome. Questions by text to (704) 978-9404.

In lieu of flowers, Dan’s wife Betty asks for donations to Apostolic Life Cathedral FBO Spanish Ministries, 350 Staunton Street, Huntington, WV 25702.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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4 responses to Danny Ray “Dan” Cook

  1. Sandy Brady says:

    Dear Connie,
    My gardener friend, you made sure that my hope for growing just one tomato plant turned into an actual garden my first year. Your generosity and help in my getting started let me know that you are a person of caring and capability, so I know you are handling this difficult time with grace.
    I wish you peace with your father’s passing. It is a time in life when we wish that thoughts will be filled with the best of memories and warm caring and that is what I wish for you now. I am pleased that as your time increasingly is spent away from Charleston we are staying in touch as I continue to benefit from your gardening tips and friendship even over the miles with your thoughtful and entertaining letters as we share stories about our feline friends, gardening, and natures gifts of pleasure and healing. Love and Light, Sandy B.
  2. We send sympathy to all who loved Dan and wish them peace as they recall the memories shared with him.
  3. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all the family during this time of loss of Danny Ray. I am so glad that he, Betty, and Crystal were able to attend the Billhimer reunion in 2021 to catch up with all the Billhimer clan.
    I send my deepest sympathy to all of you as you celebrate the unique life that he lived and shared with each of you.
    May God give all of you His peace and comfort in the coming days as you remember and celebrate his life. God bless.
    Susan Billhimer Phillips
  4. May the memories you have sustain all of you in this time of grief

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