On February 1, 2019, Stewart Daniel Cook went to meet his Lord after a long illness.

Medi Hospice, Amedisys Hospice, and The VA Hospice provided gentle care and loving assistance so that he could stay home as long as possible during his last year. The last month of his life, Stewart received excellent care at The Waters of Roan Highlands in Roan Mountain, TN. His family is forever grateful for all the assistance received in helping their loved one pass with dignity and respect.

Stewart was a lifelong resident of Watauga County, well known for his artistry as a stone mason. He and his brother, Dee Cook were renowned sought-after stone masons whose workmanship will live on for generations after they have both gone to be with their Lord. The son of the late Jordan Vilas and Elizabeth Cook, Stewart was also pre-deceased by his wife and the love of his life, Betty Shore Cook. Stewart and Betty were childhood sweethearts, and once Stewart returned from military service where he served under Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Pentagon, Stewart and Betty were married for 63 years prior to Betty’s passing on 9-6-16. Stewart was also pre-deceased by two brothers, Jordan Cook of Miami, FL and David Cook of Boone, NC plus two sisters Ellen Ashley of Blowing Rock, NC and Carolyn Carlton of Blowing Rock, NC. He is survived by an only daughter, Anita C. McGuire of Lenoir, NC plus two grandsons, Lucas D. McGuire of Lenoir, NC and Matthew A. McGuire of Jefferson, NC. Matthew is married to Nichole R. McGuire. Together, Matthew and Nichole blessed Stewart with three great-grandchildren: William, Madeleine, and Henry plus another daughter soon to be borne. Stewart is also survived by four sisters, Jeanette Greene of Blowing Rock, NC, Naomi Greene of Winston-Salem, NC, Shirley Triplett of Boone, NC, Janice Tester of Boone, NC and three brothers Franklin Dee Cook of Boone, NC, Henry Cook of Blowing Rock, NC, Joseph Cook of Fleetwood, NC plus their loving families and a large number of nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Stewart was a quiet and unassuming man whose wish was to go quietly into the night. It was his desire to donate his body to the University of Chapel Hill, and that a private service be held for his family at a later date.

Stewart knew that by then he would already be enjoying his eternal life rejoicing with old friends and loved ones who had passed before him. Stewart led a full and blessed life during his 91 years here on Earth and looked forward to eternal life with his Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

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