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92_HR0916 LRB9216883BHbh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Pastor 4 H. Judea Cook I, who passed away May 8, 2002; and 5 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook was born in Varner, Arkansas, on 6 November 5, 1926, to General and Gerilla Cook; he met and 7 married Osa Lee Jones on March 7, 1948; and 8 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook attended Arkansas Baptist College in 9 Little Rock, Arkansas, Jackson Theological Seminary in North 10 Little Rock, Arkansas, the International Bible Institute and 11 Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and Mariet Business College in 12 Oakland, California; his degrees included a Bachelor of 13 Science, a Bachelor of Theology, a Master of Theology, an 14 Honorary Doctorate of Divinity and an Honorary Doctorate of 15 Letters; and 16 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook accepted his call to the ministry in 17 1949, and served as Pastor of the Gideon Missionary Baptist 18 Church of Waukegan since October 1959; and 19 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook's first objective as Pastor at 20 Gideon Missionary Baptist Church was to unify the membership 21 and establish a strong financial base; in 1961, the parsonage 22 for the pastor was purchased; the original location of the 23 church was a small concrete building located at 1001 Indiana 24 Avenue; in April 1965, the ground breaking services were held 25 for the new building located at 1000 Yeoman Street; on 26 January 2, 1972, a new church building became a reality and 27 the first worship service was held; the current address is 28 1500 Ridgeland Avenue; in April 1988, a Christian Education 29 extension was built consisting of a library, offices, and 30 classrooms; additional property was purchased for parking 31 spaces and the sanctuary was remodeled; and -2- LRB9216883BHbh 1 WHEREAS, The church has established Christian Education 2 School; the classes include Baptist for Nurture, Leadership 3 Training School certified by the National Baptist Christian 4 Education Congress USA, Inc., departmental Church School, 5 Mission Ministry, Bus Ministry, Tape Ministry, and an 6 Evangelistic Program; and 7 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook has received many awards which 8 included the Harambee Award for Excellence on February 24, 9 1990, from the College of Lake County, Who's Who Among Black 10 Americans Award in 1981 and 1997, a Community Achievement 11 Award from the Reinvestment Council of the First Midwest Bank 12 in Waukegan, a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois 13 House of Representatives, a Resolution for Services Award 14 from the Waukegan Township, and a Religious Leadership Award 15 from the People's Voice in Waukegan; and 16 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook served as a member of the Sponsoring 17 Committee of the Lake Country Urban League; he was a former 18 member of the Board of Directors of the Lake County Urban 19 League; Pastor Cook was a former member of the Board of 20 Directors of the Lake County NAACP and a lifetime member; he 21 was former Chairman of the Board of Directors for 22 Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC); Pastor Cook 23 formerly served on the Waukegan Township Senior Citizens 24 Service Committee and was a former elected Trustee of the 25 Waukegan Township; he was a former member of the Board of 26 Directors for the Partnership for Health Clinic, a former 27 elected Precinct Committeeman, and served as Chaplain for the 28 Lake County Central Democratic Committee; and 29 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook was the organizer and first 30 President of the North Shore Baptist Ministers Alliance in 31 1962, and later elected to serve another term; he was the 32 former Moderator of the New Fellowship Baptist District 33 Association for seven years, the former Recording Secretary -3- LRB9216883BHbh 1 of the United Baptist State Convention of Illinois for 19 2 consecutive years, he served as Vice President at large of 3 the United Baptist State Convention of Illinois for 6 years, 4 was a lifetime member of the National Baptist Convention USA, 5 Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of that 6 organization; Pastor Cook was a lecturer at the National 7 Baptist Congress of Christian Education for 12 years, he 8 served on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Baptist 9 Institute, and was a former Chairman of the Board of 10 Directors for the E.C. Morris Institute in Little Rock, 11 Arkansas; Pastor Cook also served as a faculty member at 12 McKinley Theological Seminary at the North Shore Branch in 13 Zion; and 14 WHEREAS, In honor of 40 years of pastorship at the Gideon 15 Missionary Baptist Church, Yeoman Avenue from Glen Flora 16 Avenue to Grand Avenue was additionally named H.J. Cook I 17 Drive and the month of October 1998, was proclaimed Dr. H.J. 18 Cook I Month; and 19 WHEREAS, Pastor Cook travelled to Israel and Egypt; and 20 WHEREAS, Pastor H.J. Cook I will be deeply missed by all 21 those who knew him and loved him, especially his wife of 52 22 years, Sister Osa L. Cook; his five daughters, Rubazene 23 (Malcolm) Cook-Tucker; Carolyn (Donald) Nash, Cecelia 24 Cook-Pryor, Millicent (Levi) Finch, and Veda Cook; his son 25 Haney J., Jr. (Vickie) Cook; his five sisters, Cecil (Jessie) 26 Winters, Juanita Robinson, Jewel Quick, Melanie Shells, and 27 Bennie (Earl) Hall; his two brothers, A.C. Cook and Brady 28 Cook; his mother-in-law, Ollie Jones; his sister-in-law, 29 Doris (Oran) Noflis; his thirty-seven grandchildren; his 30 twenty-two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, 31 nephews, other relatives, friends, and the entire Gideon 32 Church Family; therefore, be it -4- LRB9216883BHbh 1 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 2 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 3 we mourn, along with all those who knew him and loved him, 4 the passing of Pastor H.Judea Cook I of Waukegan; and be it 5 further 6 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 7 presented to the family of Pastor H. Judea Cook I with our 8 most sincere condolences.
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