Patsy Lavern Cooks was born on Friday, April 29, 1938 in Hope, Arkansas to the union of Jake and Berta Carter Cooks. By every account, Patsy was a loving, joyful and obedient child, gifted with a gentle nature that would serve her all of her life. As a young girl, she accepted Christ and was a member of Haynes Chapel Baptist Church in Hope. She went about her many chores at home without complaint and took her schooling seriously. She was a graduate of Yerger High School in Hope, Arkansas.
At young age she married Mr. King and moved to Sparkman, Arkansas. Mr. King passed away and although heartbroken, she relied on her faith in God to sustain her as she committed herself to her young children’s’ well-being. In 1968, she met and married Deacon John C. Butler who was an enduring provider and a loving father to her three children. If you lived in the Butler’s home you were certain to attend church on Sundays and Wednesdays. Together they provided a Christian home and instilled in their children the need for the Lord.
Patsy united with Macedonia Baptist Church where she served faithfully as an Usher, and with the WMU. She was a dedicated and faithful member. Deacon Butler was active at Macedonia, as well as, the Greater Bradley District. She loved to travel and support him wherever he would go. She made lasting friendships and bonds throughout those years. They were married for 40 years until his passing on Thursday, December 11, 2008. Her certainty that she and the love of her life will one day be reunited in paradise rejuvenated and sustained her.
Patsy worked as a home health provider and as a foster grandparent. She committed several hours to quilting and crocheting. She loved to cook and listen to gospel music. She was blessed to enjoy her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
On September 24, 2009, due to her health she moved to Twin Reivers Health and Rehabilitation. Although she was not initially happy with the move, she accepted the circumstances and grew to love her new home. She moved and warmed the hearts of the administration and staff alike. She was pleasantly surprised to see other friends and extended family members who made their home at Twin Rivers. Patsy enjoyed getting her hair styled and being pampered. Drop in visits from her family made her day.
On Thursday, September 27, 2018 with family and friends at her bedside, Patsy peacefully made her earthly transition to be in the presence of the Lord. Those completing the journey before her include: her parents, Jake and Berta; her husband, Deacon John C. Butler (2008); and her beloved daughter, Annie Pearl Cooks Harrison, March 4, 2009.
Patsy leaves a powerful legacy and lasting impression in the heart of her two sons: Carl Ed and his wife, Queenie Cooks of Arkadelphia and Larry Don Cooks and his companion, Fashia Rhodes of Hope, AR; her grandchildren, Corey (Charlene) Cooks, Chris Harrison, Katrina Cooks, Denzel Cooks, Barbara Cooks, Aaliha Cooks; 4 great-grandchildren, Mya Hatley, Trinity Harrison, Corey Cooks, II., Daniya Harrison and Trinity Cooks; her bonus daughters, Carolyn Williams, Felicia Roberts, Alleashia Thomas, and Charlotte Marcella; two sisters, Ethel Palmore of Kalamazoo, MI and Ruby J. Dempsey of Hope, AR; and a brother-in-law, Deacon Columbus Butler of Sparkman. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, the Twin Rivers family and the Macedonia Baptist Church family.