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Charles Eugene (Gene) Cook

May 6, 1946 — January 25, 2023

Dr. Charles Eugene (Gene) Cook of Murray, Kentucky, 76, died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. He was born on May 6, 1946, in Oneida, Kentucky, son of Willard Eugene Cook and Rosetta Feichter Cook.

Dr. Cook was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers, Ted Cook and David Cook of London, Kentucky. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Martha Anne Calhoun Cook of Murray, Kentucky; his son, Gene Cook, Jr. (Trish) of San Jose, California; his daughter, Lori Cook (Jake Wegmann) of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Dylan Cook and Addie Wegmann; and his siblings, Connie Cook Johnson and Denny Cook, both of London, Kentucky.

Dr. Cook is perhaps best known for his service to the women of Calloway County and the surrounding areas, where he practiced as an obstetrician and gynecologist for 42 years. He identified his chosen profession in high school, which he later pursued through study at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (U of L). While there, he found himself delivering babies under the mentorship of Dr. Ray Gibson, cementing the path that would lead him to join a practice with Dr. Conrad Jones and deliver more than 8,000 babies in Murray, Kentucky. More importantly, however, Dr. Cook's time at U of L led him to his future wife, Martha Anne Calhoun.

As a family man, Dr. Cook provided a loving, quiet, and steady presence underscored by a subtle sense of humor. He bonded with his son over a shared love of cars, including a 1969 Corvette, which his son Gene now owns and which his grandson, Dylan, will almost certainly drive in the future. With his daughter Lori, Dr. Cook shared his love of animals and James Herriot stories, initially leading her to consider a career in veterinary medicine. To his children and grandchildren alike, Dr. Cook gave his love of books and reading, which he credited with transforming his life.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Murray, Kentucky. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Brother John Dale and Rev. Kerry Lambert officiating. Dr. Cook will be buried at Bethlehem Cemetery in Land Between the Lakes in Lyon County.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to support the maintenance of Bethlehem Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Bethlehem Cemetery Fund c/o Fredonia Valley Bank, 226 East Commerce Street in Eddyville, Kentucky 42038.

Online condolences can be made at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com
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Visitation

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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