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Mother Polly (Boyd) Cook

October 18, 1921 ~ May 2, 2022 (age 100)


The bible says in Psalms 90:9, we live our life as a tale that is told. Let us tell you a tale, a story rather, that began 100 years ago. This is her story…

Polly was born October 18, 1921, in Jacksonville, Texas to the proud parents of Henry Boyd and Sweetie (Lacy) Boyd. She was the eldest of 10 children.  She accepted Christ at an early age as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at the New Hope Baptist Church where she joined and became a member. She attended school in the Jacksonville area.

She met and fell in love with Gilbert Lee Cook, Sr. known to many as Reedy Deedy. They united in Holy Matrimony on July 16, 1945 and remained married for 63 ½ years. To this union, 8 children were born. 

Polly worked as a housekeeper and caregiver for many years until she retired. She was a woman blessed by God and lived to be 100. She was a virtuous woman and our family matriarch. She loved the Lord, her family, and everyone. She was well known in the community for serving others, praying for everyone, and walking everywhere. She has walked a million steps in her lifetime. She would often say “I can out walk anybody in this town”, and she did. She always expressed her love for God and dedication to her Christian walk through serving the Lord and others. 

She later attended Rising Star Church and sang in the choir. She joined a singing group with 2 close friends. They traveled to many churches in surrounding towns in East Texas and sang Zion songs for the Lord. She loved to often sing “This Morning When I Rose”. She loved gardening, making quilts, and dancing. To know Polly was to truly love her. She was filled with laughter, compassion, and a kind heart. She will truly be missed but never forgotten.

Every story must one day come to a close. On May 2, 2022, Polly answered the Master’s call and peacefully transitioned from her time here on earth to eternity and she received her eternal crown. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Sweetie Boyd; husband, Gilbert Lee Cook, Sr.; son, Gilbert Lee Cook, Jr.; daughter, Aline Marie Warren; five brothers, Bill Boyd, Ealy Boyd, Jim Boyd, and Joe Henry Boyd; two sisters, Mary Jackson and Emma Lean Hollins.

Those who remain to await her resurrection are: three sons, Henry Lee Cook, Columbus Cook, and Robert Earl Cook; three daughters, Terrisse Diann Miller, Roxanne Lee Brown, and Annie Mae Cook; two sisters, Maxine Thomas and Lorene Jones.

She also leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


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May 6, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rosewood’s Family Tribute Center
536 N. Jackson St
Jacksonville, TX 75766

Funeral Service
May 7, 2022

2:00 PM
Rosewood’s Family Tribute Center
536 N. Jackson St
Jacksonville, TX 75766

Interment following funeral service
May 7, 2022

Resthaven Cemetery
North Pineda Street
Jacksonville, TX 75766

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