Rosa and James Clyde Cook, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
James Clyde Cook Sr. was born in 1900 and his wife was born in 1902. They had ten children together, five girls and five boys. Mr. Cook ran a garage at his home for many years, eventually moving his business to the corner of Highway 158 and Redland Road in Davie County. It was in the building attached to the grocery store owned by Mr. Duke and Effie Smith and now known as Andy’s Grocery.
Mr. Cook worked on cars, trucks, and anything that needed fixing. In his day, Davie County was more farm country than it is today, so he worked on the farm machinery if something broke down, even making parts for machinery if the farmer needed the part and no part was available or the farmer could not afford to buy the new part to fix it. Mr. Cook was also an electrician, wiring many of the homes in Davie County when electricity first became available.
Mrs. Cook was a homemaker, helping raise the ten children. She enjoyed working in her garden, yard, and with her flowers.
They taught their children the value of hard work, trust, and respect for their fellow man. All five of their boys followed in their father’s footsteps, becoming mechanics, owning garages at their homes, working after hours from their mechanical jobs at other businesses and after retirement.
The girls were all homemakers and worked in the textile plants. After working hours, they came home and helped with housework.
The Rosa and James Clyde Cook, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior with priority given to students with need for financial assistance who will train in the Automotive field .