Virginia Beach –
James Edward Cooke, 48, went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2015. He was born in Canton, OH on February 24, 1967 to Nancy J. Smith of Greensboro, N.C. and Luther E. (Carolyn) Cooke of Canton, OH. James was a 1985 graduate of Perry High School, Massilion, OH. After high school, James entered the U.S. Navy; after a long distinguished career, he retired 22 years later as a Machinist Mate Master Chief (SW/AW). His duty stations included SIMA NRMF, PA; USS Miller, Newport, RI; USS Merrimack, Norfolk, VA; USS Monongahela, Norfolk, VA; BUPERS, Millington, TN and Washington, D.C.; USS George Washington, Norfolk, VA; FTSCLANT, Norfolk, VA; USS Harry S. Truman, Norfolk, VA. He retired while stationed at the Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, VA in 2007 and continued to serve as a government service employee assigned to MARMC, Norfolk, VA until his passing.
He was a lifetime member of the Harley’s Owners Group (HOG), held membership in the American Legion and attended the Kempsville Christian Church, Virginia Beach, VA.
James was predeceased in death by his step-father, David L. Smith. In addition to his surviving parents, he leaves his wife Jeanne Cooke, daughter Shelby Robinson, and son Jeremy Robinson; sister Jennifer Caporali and husband James of Franklin, TN; sister Julie Conklin and husband Thomas of Greensboro, N.C.; nephews James Caporali, Virginia Beach; Joseph Caporali of Little Rock, AR and Seth Fankhauser of Morrisville, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Bikes4Blessings
5005 Ravenswood Road, Virginia Beach Va. 23462. Phone: 757-636-0361
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