Obituary of Charles Cook

Charles Lee Cook, age 71, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020, at his home.  He was born October 27, 1949, in Ft. Scott, the son of Theodore Roosevelt Cook and Cora May Ridgway Cook.

He married Norma Jean Smith Nalley.  He worked for several years as a truck driver where he hauled mail for the postal service.  In earlier years, he operated a taxi service.  Charlie enjoyed stock car racing and was a great fan of Dale Earnhardt.   He also enjoyed watching Westerns and spending time with his grandchildren.


Survivors include six children, Reggie Nalley, of Ft. Scott, Rocky Nalley, of Nevada, Missouri, Steven Nalley, of Parsons, Kansas, Bill Harper, of Ft. Scott, Rhonda Noyes, of LaCygne, Kansas and Gayla Penlan, of Ft. Scott; two brothers, Tommy Cook of Ft. Scott and Carl Cook and four sisters, Thelma Ragsdale, Charlotte Thompson and Christiana Judy, all of Ft. Scott and Etta Cook, of Lawrence, Kansas.  Also surviving are several grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Teddy Cook.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Care 4U workers who have provided care for Charlie over the years.


Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct graveside services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, December 10th at the Fairview Cemetery north of Fulton, Kansas.

Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Thursday prior to leaving for the cemetery at 1:30 P.M.

Memorials are suggested to the Charles Cook Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

3 thoughts on “Obituary of Charles Cook”

  1. My name is William DeWayne Cook. I never had many moments with my uncles. I suppose that was purposely. But the family didn’t care to contact me in return. I would like to be informed of my family. You can email me at “[email protected]”. I am sorry for your loss. I wish I would have known my family.

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