Monday April 26 1954 State Paper
Marion County Farmer Dies After Pickup Truck Wreck
Mullins---April 25--(Special)--F C Cook, 57, Marion County farmer, died at 4:30 this morning in a Mullins Hospital following a truck accident near here early Saturday night.
Investigating officers said that neither Mr Cook nor his nephew, William G Coleman, who was driving, were believed to be seriously injured at the time.
They were brought to the hospital here and treated, but Mr Cook died uexpectedly and Mr Coleman was placed under arrest. He is out on bond.
An inquest is planned later to determine whether Mr Cook's death was from heart trouble.
Police said it was thought that the driver planned to leave the Mullins-Gapway Highway to take a dirt road three miles from Mullins, when the pickup truck went out of control, smashed into a building, jumped two ditches and landed in a field.
Mr Cook, a lifelong resident of Ariel's Crossroad, was a son of the late Mr and Mrs English Cook.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 Monday afternoon from the Ariel Baptist Church by his pastor, Rev C W Wilkes, assisted by the Rev R O Hilliard, pastor of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, the former Miss Eugenia Coleman; one daughter, Mrs Harry Howard of Galivant's Ferry; three sons, Fernie, Frank, and Hayward Cook of Marion; four grandchildren; a step-mother, Mrs English Cook of Ariel; four brothers, Eston and Charlie of Mullins, Rte 1; Clarence of Durham, NC; and Oscar Cook of Rains; and four sisters, Mrs L A Altman of Rains, Mrs Ralph Seegars and Mrs C C Brown of Fayetteville, NC; and Mrs F L Gerald of Mullins, Rte 1.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 28 Oct 2002.