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Charles H. Cookman, In Memoriam

Dr. Charles Hardy Cookman, 79, of Dunn died Monday morning, March 26, 2007, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He was born in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 11, 1927, to the late Lloyd E. and Susan H. Cookman.

In 1948, Dr. Cookman started his ministry in Timberidge, W.Va., then to Capon Springs, W.Va., then to Calvary Assembly of God in Staunton, Va., where he was the founding pastor. He pastored at Central Assembly of God in Charlotte, North Carolina (now know as ChristLife Church) from 1957 until 1966. From April 1966 until May 1992, Dr. Cookman served as superintendent of the North Carolina District Council of the Assemblies of God.

He also served on the board of Southeastern University (formerly Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, Lakeland, Fla.) and for ten years was the Vice-President of the board. Also he served on the board of Heritage Bible College in Dunn.

Since 1994 he was the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Friends Forever Missionary Fellowship based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with outreach in the great Montego Bay, Jamaica areas, and Guyana, South America.

To the music of the vocal band Glad, this is dedicated to his memory and legacy
to us, the song, "Be Ye Glad" watch now.

Additionally, he served as a General Presbyter of the General Council Assemblies of God.

Funeral services were held, Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m. at Glad Tidings Church, Dunn North Carolina. Ministers involved in the memorial celebration were the Rev. Tim Rice, the Rev. Tom Whidden, Dr. Charles O. Kelly, Rev. Bobby Collins, Rev. Bryan Rainbow,
Rev. Robert Gruver, Rev. Danny Collins, Rev. Dr. Mark A. Muirhead, and Rev. Belinda Cruze.  The burial followed at Devotional Gardens in Dunn. Also a special video presentation was made by the grandsons.

The entire memorial service was audio streamed LIVE on www.aroundtheworldradio.org. The audio feed was also carried by station WIDU, Fayetteville and it's two sister stations in Laurenburg and Lumberton, North Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Grogan Cookman; sons, Noel H. Cookman of Flower Mound, Texas, Charles Wesley Cookman of Fayetteville and John Calvin Cookman of Raleigh; daughters, Carol C. Pierce of Colerain and Claudia C. Redd of Waxahachie, Texas; a brother, Jack Cookman of New York, N.Y.; sisters, Alta McGill of Columbia, S.C., and Jane Cridor of Rock Hill, S.C.; grandchildren,Charles "Zack" Cookman, Travis Pierce, Brandon Pierce, Andy Cookman, Melody Redd Soules, Chip Redd, Harmony Redd, Britney Pierce, Tambour Redd andTaylor Cookman; and great-grandchildren, Rhianne Miles and Wesley Soules.

Memorials may be made to Native American Bible College, P.O. Box 248, Shannon, NC 28386.

You may post your condolences online to the family: http://aroundtheworldradio.blogspot.com/

Video and pictures on the legacy and life of Charles Cookman is are available on youtube.com.