Community Center named for late Willie Cook

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - The Macedonia Community Center was renamed The Willie L. Cook, III Community Center Wednesday in honor of the late Montgomery City Councilman.

Cook served District 6 for ten years before he passed away in July from a heart attack.

As Cook's older sister Binita knows all to well, the name Willie Cook stood for a man full of tenacity; one who never backed down until the job was done.  And now, The Macedonia Community Center also bears the Cook name.

Binita Cook said, "He would have said, 'That's what you get for going out and working with the people.' He would have just been so proud and honored."

Family members helped unveil the new sign before a crowd of city leaders and residents of District 6.

"It's really overwhelming to know that people really cared about him, and I hope it shows that he cared about the community too," his sister said.

Cook's service to the community is something speakers reflected on during the ceremony, especially his work to build up Macedonia, and it's the reason behind the building's renaming.

"It's a huge honor to be able to dedicate something to an individual who gave his life, his passion, and his work to the community," said Jon Dow.

Dow, the current District 6 councilman, says it's a charge to continue Cook's legacy

"I know that he's smiling and saying you know, 'I'm glad you recognized me, but let's continue on to help renovate Macedonia.' "

Family members say that while Cook enjoyed serving his entire district, his heart was in Macedonia.

Back in 2001, he pushed the City Council to fund a sewer project in that community because some residents still had to use outhouses.

They said it was something that made him especially proud.

City leaders say they hope to bring the Willie L. Cook Community Center up to par or equal to other community centers in Montgomery, including bringing in things like computers for the kids.

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