Councilman Willie Cook laid to rest

Councilman Willie Cook
Councilman Willie Cook

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Visitation and funeral arrangements for the late Montgomery City Councilman Willie Cook have been finalized.

Mr. Cook's visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 6 to 8 in the evening at St. James Baptist Church on Court Street in Montgomery.

Funeral services will take place at noon Thursday at the Renaissance Convention Center in downtown Montgomery. A viewing will be held at 10am.

Mayor Todd Strange said a call was placed to 911 from Councilman Cook's home in the 5:00 hour Thursday morning. Cook was said to have difficulty breathing.

Cook, one of the longest currently serving members of the council, was rushed to Baptist Hospital. Doctors say Cook arrived at the hospital in full cardiac arrest. An EKG showed he'd suffered a massive heart attack.

Resuscitation methods were eventually exhausted and Mr. Cook was pronounced dead at 5:45am.

Mayor Strange joined each member of the city council at the hospital to make the announcement of Cook's death to the public. Mayor Strange said he spoke with Cook's mother, wife and one of his sons after learning the news.

Privacy is being requested by the family at this time. All city flags have been ordered to half staff.

Cook served as a city councilor for 10 years. He was 53-year-old.

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