J.R. & C.D.
Nov. 1, 1878
May 28, 1921
A father dead, beloved
and dear, and nature
weep a tender fear
Buried Repton Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 14 March 2018.
John William Cook was the son of Joseph R. Cook and Caldonia Burton, both of whom were born in Crittenden County.  He is listed on the 1900 Crittenden County census with his wife, Ida M., and son, Eddie O. Cook. John W. and Ida M. Cook had been married two years.
In 1917, John W. Cook applied for the military draft and gave the following information: He was born 1 November 1878; was employed by the Wasson Coal Co. in Wasson, Saline County, Illinois and his nearest relative was Ida Mae Cook.
The death of John W. Cook was recorded as 29 May 1921 in Saline County, Illinois. He was a coal miner and his parents were given as Joe Cook and Callie Burton.  According to his obituary, John W. Cook had lived at Wasson two years. He was injured at Wasson mines and suffered from "a nervous trouble" which soon paralyzed his whole body. Survivors were his wife, son Homer and daughter, Sybil. The funeral was held in Crittenden County. 
 Kentucky, Birth Records, 1847-1911, John W. Cook, born 30 September 1878, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
 1900 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Bells Mines, p. 1, E.D. 36, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card 1917-1918, John William Cook, Ancestry.com.
 Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index 1916-1947, Jno. W. Cook, Ancestry.com, accessed 19 March 2018.
 "Dies After Being Ill Six Months," Harrisburg Daily Register, Monday, 30 May 1921.
Published 15 May 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/