Title: The Roanoke Times
Publication: Roanoke, Virginia
Title: The Family Rub, Rup, Rupe, Roop, Roope
Author: Louise Roop Anderson Akers, comp.
Publication: 2001 Printed by Jamont Communications, 339 Luck Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016
Note: 1930 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
Publication: The Roanoke Times (Virginia) Published: February 27, 1999 Author: Leslie Hager-Smith, The Roanoke Times Page: NRV2 Headline: Chamber Honors Cooks, Radford High Teacher Jack and Cherokee Cook share the Business Person of the Year Award, presented by the Radford Chamber of Commerce. Their family business, established nearly 60 years ago as the New Radford Laundry, has expanded to seven locations that operate regionally under the Cooks Clean Center banner. The chamber recognized the Cooks for outstanding devotion to the community, as well as business acumen. Also recognized at Thursday's annual award ceremony was Radford High School biology and chemistry teacher Frank Taylor, who received the chamber's Education Support Award. Though Taylor has achieved regional and national acclaim for this teaching and research activities, he said the chamber award was different. "It's one thing to get a national award," said Taylor, "but it's a whole different story when it comes from the community - it's very humbling." The Cooks altered local history and won the hearts of many in the city when they built a new restaurant for their business neighbor, Simon Kwong. His Canton restaurant burned to the ground in a 1984 electrical fire. The Cooks agreed to build a new one to Kwong's specifications. Three times larger but just as popular, the restaurant continues to thrive 15 years later. Jack and Cherokee Cook are founding members of the Radford University Athletic Association, and contributors to the university's foundation. They have served as mentors to student interns and advisers to RU clubs and organizations. The city's high school band, choral, athletic and cheerleading groups have also benefited from numerous in-kind services and gifts made by the Cooks. Cherokee Cook was instrumental in launching the successful Coats for Kids program, for which she has collected and cleaned hundreds of coats for needy children. She is also a former board of directors member for the Radford chamber and a past president, the first woman to ever hold that position. The cleaning industry was hurt in the late 1970s and early 1980s by recession, gas shortages and the advent of synthetic, wash-and-wear clothing. About 70 percent of dry cleaners went out of business nationally. During this time, Cherokee Cook served as the first woman president of the Mid-Atlantic Cleaners and Launderers Association. The Cooks coped with their own losses by going into uniform rental and cleaning. It was also the Cooks who brought the first coin-operated washers and dryers to the New River Valley. Cherokee Cook even learned how to service them by earning a mechanic's certificate from the General Motors Institute. "Even though my parents made their work their life," said daughter Jenny Doud, "they never let anything come before the needs of their five children." Doud said the Cooks instilled a strong work ethic in their children, who often worked along side their parents. "We communicated," said Cherokee Cook of her child-rearing years. "If it was possible, we all had supper together. When you sit around the table and share and look at each other, you have no secrets." All five siblings were on hand Thursday night to share in their parents' honor. They are: Doud, a Radford University fund raiser; Becky Mann, a Christiansburg optometrist; Gail Devilbiss, a Radford lawyer; Barbara Cook-Turk and Jackie Cook II, both of whom are in the family business. Frank Taylor also combines work with family. His wife, Ellen, is a career counselor at Radford University. Daughter Julie is a seventh-grader and son Bill is a sophomore at Radford High, where Frank has taught since 1985. How do they like having a teaching celebrity for a father? "I try to maintain a low profile," said Taylor, whose efforts in that regard seem to be meeting with limited success. Taylor, who holds master's degrees in education and zoology, has scored numerous teaching awards and grants, while also serving as an instructor at the Mountain Lake Wilderness Conservancy; an adjunct faculty member for the University of Virginia; a clinical supervisor for Radford University student teachers; and as an after-school enrichment teacher. Taylor's high school classes participate in a nationwide study of monarch butterfly migration. They have also written field guides to the wildlife in nearby Wildwood Park. "This is truly a remarkable teacher," said last year's recipient of the teaching award and former School Board chairman John W.L. "Chip" Craig. "He's the best there is, and more important, he's ours."
Publication: Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory (Radford, Virginia) Published: June 2012 Headline: Cherokee Roop Cook Cherokee Roop Cook, of Radford, retired owner of Cooks Clean Center, Cook Service Cleaners and Cooks Formals, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 28, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack W. Cook and her parents Hobart L. Roop and Stella Reynolds Roop. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack W. Cook II and Joanne P. Cook; daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia C. Doud and Ralph B. Doud III, Gail Cook DeVilbiss and John Grady DeVilbiss, Becky Mann and Scott Mann, and Barbara Cook Turk and D. Michael Turk; 14 grandchildren, Jacqueline C. Clark and spouse Nick Clark, Christopher and Clinton Cook, Brigham and Evan Doud, Victoria, John and David DeVilbiss, Mark, Michael and Will Mann, and Matthew, Adam and Maggie Turk; three great-grandchildren Aden, Grayson and Lucas Clark; her sister Joyce Roop Testerman of Radford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy R. Cook and Jo Anne Irby Cook, and Dick A. Cook and Frankie H. Cook; and 18 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts to the Unity Christian Church, 400 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA 24141, the Radford Fire Department, 1500 Wadsworth St., Radford, VA 24141 or the Radford Police Department, 20 Robertson Street, Radford, VA 24141. An outdoor celebration of Cherokee’s life will be held Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Nesselrod on the New, located at 7535 Lee Highway, Radford, Va. A time to share our love and memories of Cherokee will begin at 5:45 pm followed by a time for refreshments and visiting with the family. The Cook family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.
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