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Obituaries April 23 Edition

MSgt. Columbus Darrell Cook


Memorial service honoring the life of MSgt. Columbus Darrell Cook, age 56, resident of Atlanta, Ga., originally from Wetumpka was held Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Wetumpka Civic Center with Pastor Anthony Kyles officiating.

MSgt. Columbus Darrell Cook was born on February 19, 1965, to the late Columbus Jackson and Mollie Cook in Wetumpka. He is the sixth of eight siblings and the father of seven children. He received Christ at an early age and joined Second Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from the Elmore County School systems at Wetumpka High School in 1983. He enlisted into the Army National Guard in February of 1990 at the age of 24 and served in the military from February 6, 1990, to February 24, 2020. Immediately following Basic Training and Military Occupational Specialty School, Sergeant Cook was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm as a water purification specialist. Sergeant Cook then enlisted into the Georgia Air National Guard in 1996. Sergeant Cook earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. In retirement, Sergeant Cook and wife, Valerie, looked forward to spending time with family and friends while pursuing his “God-given” talent of creating fine art.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mollie Cook; father, Columbus Jackson; and sister, Gladys Dianne Cook.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife, Valerie Porter-Cook of Smyrna, Ga.; seven children, Weldon Owen of Wetumpka, Ebony Goggans Cook of Sylacauga, Daven Cook, Jordan Cook, Jaylen Cook, Kennedy Cook, and Summer Cook, all of Smyrna, Ga.; three grandchildren, Amari Goggans, Jozy Smith and Julien Smith; one aunt, Geneva Harris of Norfolk, Va.; special siblings, Brother Curtis (Valorie) Cook and Tolla Cook of Wetumpka, Hazel Johnson of Montgomery, Barbara Cook of Warner Robins, Ga., Jacqueline (William) Johnson, Deborah (Kenyada) Ball, Lenethia Bowman, all of Montgomery; special sister-in-law, Valorie Denise Gilbert-Cook; devoted friends, Johnny Glasper, William Glasper, Greg Penick, Dwight Eaves, Reggie Sims, Reggie Penick, Winfred Wise, Wayne Lewis, Talmadge Swindle, Terria Herron, Bo Pittman, and Frank Beamon,; special cousin, Stephanie Taylor of McDonough, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends, and other relatives.

Hillside Memorial & Gardens directed services.


George Edward Moon Jr.


Graveside service for Mr. George Edward Moon Jr., 91, of Kellyton, was Friday, April 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Bice Cemetery. Rev. Ronald Pete McElrath officiated.

Mr. Moon Jr. passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Chapman Assisted Living. He was born on March 27, 1930, in Milledgeville, Ga., to George Edward Moon Sr. and Vivian Steverson Moon. Mr. Moon was an active member of Goodwater Presbyterian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War Era. He loved attending the Army reunions and enjoyed hosting many of them. He also enjoyed gardening and always had a green thumb. He loved spending time at his catfish pond and fed the fish daily. Mr. Moon was an avid Auburn football fan and enjoyed bird hunting.

He is survived by his daughters, Donna Humphrey (Melton) of Goodwater and Denise Allred (Mark) of Monroe, La.; sons, Keith Moon (Kathy) of Alexander City and Ed Moon, III (Michelle) of West Point, Ga.; grandchildren, James Humphrey (Sharon), Julie Daniel (Michael), Beth Williams (Lance), Brooke Kirkendall (Daniel), Michette Moon, Melinne Mancinelli (Mike), MeKae Moon, Randi Li Moon, and Jacob Moon; great-grandchildren, Dalton Daniel, Landon Daniel, Hudson Daniel, Shelley Turner (Neal), Holly Humphrey, Haddi Beth Kirkendall, Walker Kirkendall, Drake Kirkendall, Peyton Mancinelli, and Livie Mae Mancinelli; sister-in-law, Barbara Hix of Childersburg; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Bailey of Goodwater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lula Jacqueline “Jackie” Moon; and sister, Kathryn Moon Herring.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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