Cooke, Clayton

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Clayton Cooke was born Tuesday September 22, 1908 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cooke of Preson Hollow. His brother was:

  • Ralph Cooke married Edna. Their daughter Janice J. Cooke married Ronald A. Slingerland, son of Mr.s and Mrs. Arthur Slingerland of Westerlo.



Clayton Cooke was from Westerlo.

Marriage & Children

Clayton Cooke married Marie Haner on June 18, 1931, daughter Ray and Catherine Haner and sister of Arlene Segar. Their children were:

  • Lilda Raye Cooke (1933 - ) who married John Nelson MacMillen, the son of Irving T. MacMillen She is also referred to as Mrs. Donald Barber.
Shelly MacMillen married Michael Taylor and had son Michael
  • Reid (Buzzy) Cooke - Mobile, Alabama - See obituary below


Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cooke were surprised with a party recently in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary.

The affair was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lagala and Jennifer of Parlin, N. J.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cook and Mark, of Cario; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barber and Dora, Nancy and Laurie MacMillen, Jompano Beach, Fla.; Mrs. John Keppler, Tammy and Tom, Delmar; Mrs. Ronald Slingerland and Terrie, East Berne; Mrs. Ray Haner, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pearson, Sam Paddock and Ken Mackey, Westerlo.

Altamont Enterprise — July 2, 1971

Before I forget, I want to congratulate Marie and Clayton Cooke who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, the 18th, (June 18, 1981) Congratulations and the best of wishes to both of you, Cookie and Marie.

Altamont Enterprise — June 18, 1981


Clayton Cooke died at St. Peter's Hospital on April 8, 1985


Clayton Cooke Obituary - Altamont Enterprise — April 18, 1985



Our little community was saddened last week to hear of the passing of Clayton Cooke (often spelled Clayton Cook) at St. Peter's Hospital on April 8.

"Cookie," as he was affectionately known to many, had been in failing health for some time. In spite of his illness, he managed to maintain his sense of humor and was always looking up. He was a charter member of the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Department and was one of the, original members of the rescue squad. He maintained an active interest in both until failing health forced him to curtail his-activities. He gave much of himself to these civic organizations as long as he was able.

One of the highlights of the school year for the boys and girls in the Stepping Stones Pre-school was to have "Uncle Cookie" give them a guided tour of the firehouse and an opportunity to see the inside of the ambulance and to sit in the driver's seat of the big fire truck. However, the climax was to be given a junior fireman's hat by "Uncle Cookie."

The large gathering who came to pay respects at the viewing and again at the memorial service were truly indicative of the love and esteem his friends and neighbors had for him. Sincere arid heartfelt sympathy is extended to his wife, Marie; daughter, Raye; son, Reid; brother Ralph and to all his loving and concerned grandchildren. May God in His tender loving mercy comfort you all with the joy of knowing you will all meet again.

Reid (Buzzy) Cooke from Mobile, Alabama spent last week here with his mother and sister having been called home due to the passing of his dad, Clayton Cooke.

Altamont Enterprise — April 18, 1985

Social Security

Clayton Cooke: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record[1]

Name: Clayton Cooke
State of Issue: New York
Date of Birth: Tuesday September 22, 1908
Date of Death: April 1985
Est. Age at Death: 76 years, 6 months
Last known residence:

City: Westerlo
County: Albany
State: New York
ZIP Code: 12193
Latitude: 42.5128
Longitude: -74.0415

Additional Media

Mrs. Clayton (Marie) Cooke and her sister, Mrs. Arlene Segar, held an open house on Saturday afternoon and evening to honor their mother, Mrs. Catherine Haner on her 95th birthday. Many of her relatives, friends and neighbors called to congratulate her and to share the delicious refreshments. She was the recipient of many lovely cards and gifts. It is the wish of everyone that she will be privileged to continue to spend her time doing her special handwork, care for her beautiful plants and just enjoy being with her loving, caring family. Truly a long, full and abundant life is a precious gift from God.

Altamont Enterprise — December 16, 1982


Mr. and Mrs. C. Reid (Buzz) Cooke of Mobile, Ala., announce the birth of a daughter, Katrina Marie, on Dec. 14. Katrina has two brothers, C. Reid, Jr., 1, and M. Bryan, 4. Mr. Cooke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cooke of Westerlo. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Jessie Turk of Mobile.

Altamont Enterprise — January 17, 1969

CLAYTON R. COOKE SR.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Times Union, The (Albany, NY) - Wednesday, August 17, 1994

Deceased Name: CLAYTON R. COOKE SR.

MOBILE, Ala. Clayton Reid Buzz Cooke Sr., formerly of Westerlo, died Friday at home.

Mr. Cooke was born in Westerlo and was a 1952 graduate of Berne-Knox Central High School. He attended Kings College, Pace College, and the University of South Alabama, Mobile.

He was a former member of the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Department and the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

Mr. Cooke was employed at Marie McConnell Realty in Mobile and worked at Gayfer's in Mobile for 18 years.

He was a life member of the Alabama Parent Teacher Association and held several offices, including council president. He also worked with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Turk Cooke; two sons, Reid Cooke of Westerlo and Bryan Cooke of Atlanta; two daughters, Katrina Cooke and Kimberly Cooke, both of Mobile; his mother, Marie Haner Cooke of Westerlo; and a sister, Raye Saddlemire of South Westerlo.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

Private burial will be in Catskill. Contributions may be made to the Buzz Cooke Scholarship Fund, Mobile County Council PTA, P.O. Box 16562, Mobile, AL 36616.

Arrangements are by the Pine Crest Funeral Home, Mobile.
Page: B13
Copyright, 1994, (c) Times Union. All Rights Reserved.

Two Sets of Five Generations Gather

On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27 (1974) a farewell party was held in honor of Mrs. Michael (Shelly MacMillen) Taylor, and son Michael, at the home of, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton R. Cooke of Westerlo. Mrs. Taylor and her son will be flying to Japan this month to join her husband who is stationed there with the Air Force.

Those attending included two sets of five generations; The two great-great grandmothers; Mrs. Ray Haner, mother of Mrs. Clayton Cooke, formerly of Leeds, and Mrs. Arthur Cooke, mother of Clayton Cooke, of Preston Hollow: the great-grand parents: Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cooke, Westerlo, the grandmother: Mrs. Donald Barber, Dormansville, and Mrs. Michael Taylor and Michcal Jr., formerly of Florida.

Others attending were Mr. and Mrs. Keneth Pearson, Mrs. Arline Seger, Dora Barber, Nancy and Laurel MacMillen

Altamont Enterprise — February 22, 1974