The Rev. Charles W. Cookingham, 94, of Chelsea, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea. He was born March 4, 1913, in Batavia, Ill., the son of Charles Henry and Maude (Minnich) Cookingham. Rev. Cookingham graduated from Bethel Academy in Wilmore, Ky., and received the A.B. degree from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. He received the B.D. degree from Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, N.J., in 1942. Rev. Cookingham served pastorates in Scotts, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Forest, Ind.; and had pastorates and conference responsibilities in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1944-76, including St. John's in Royal Oak from 1961-66. Following retirement he served for 10 years on the staff of the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. He then retired a second time at the Crestview Retirement Community, Sylvania, Ohio. During the past 16 years he has been a resident of the Chelsea Retirement Community. On June 2, 1936, he married Gladys Louise Longnecker in Upland, Ind. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 1994. He then married M. Virnelle E. Voss in 1995, and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Mary Jane Cookingham (Jean Hudnut) of Jackson; his grandson, Christopher Matthew Cookingham of Marquette; and his step-children, Martha Zink, Linda Voss, Fred Voss, and Charles Voss; and his step-grandchildren, Craig, Andy, Anthony, Andrew and Fred Jr., and Kevin. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with the Rev. Beth Foster and the Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Sept. 12, 2007.
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