Bill Franklin Cook, 58, of Abilene was promoted to glory on March 14,2019, and leads the band in Heaven with a choir of angels for Jesus today. Bill died peacefully at Hendrick Hospice Center of Abilene, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation for Bill and the family will be on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 10 AM at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with his brother-in-law, Brian Massey officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Remembrance at Elmwood Memorial Park.
Bill was born on Feb.16,1961 in Abilene, Texas. He served in the United States Army until 1982. Even though Bill did not retire as a military man, he was very proud of his years of service to his country. He lived in Abilene in 1984 where he met and married the love of his life, Citriana (Trina) Sneed, on Jan.6,1984. They went about the business of raising their children and grandchildren and enjoying life together. Bill worked in construction, building State prisons, schools and other red iron buildings throughout Texas under his boss and best friend Mike Wilson for 17 years. After which, he moved into the food industry for the remainder of his working life.
Bill was a true reflection of Jesus Christ to his family and friends and others who crossed his path. He was the spiritual leader of his home under Jesus Christ and was a Soldier of the Salvation Army where he taught kids to play the guitar and co-lead the children with his wife Trina Cook, as well as playing praise and worship music for Christ and the Abilene Corp congregation. We are sure that when Jesus took hold of Bill's hand, he heard what we all long to hear from the Master, "Well done my good and faithful servant."
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley L. Caronna and father, John A. Caronna along with his grandparents Herman and Mildred Ridgway.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Citriana L. Cook; children, Chris Sneed and wife Sarah of Rowlett, TX, Amanda Sneed of Abilene, TX; five grandchildren, Lista Sneed and Kamahri Sneed of Nolan,TX, Connor and Lily Sneed of Rowlett, TX, Jade Canales of Abilene, TX; one brother, Chris Caronna and family of Kaufman, TX; his beloved in-laws, Jeannie Sneed Ewing and husband Riley Ewing, Terrell Sneed of Elmdale, TX, Brian and Karen Massey and their children; many, many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Son Christopher Sneed, Brother Chris Caronna, Brother-in-love Terrell Sneed, Best Friend Mike Wilson, Grandson Kamahri Sneed and Friend Ferron Mercer.
The family would like to say a special word of thanks to the staff of Hendrick Hospice Care for the excellent care and tender compassion that they provided in Our hour of need.
Memorials in memory of Bill's life can be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine, Abilene, Texas, 79601.
Well done servant and soldier of God!
You are in HIS hands and living your eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
Hallelujah and Glory to God!
May the perfect peace and comfort of God be with the family.
Major .Edward AlonzoSan Antonio, Texas, TX
Thank you for your service and dedication Bill. You will be forever loved and forever missed
Winston and Mandy HaylockAbilene, TX
The schug, mershon & Turner family will miss him
John SchugAbuleAb, TX
So sorry for your loss. Sending our love.
Tom and Glenda TraylorCorsicana, TX
I love Triana and Bill both so much ❤ 😘 and I will be praying for comfort and peace for Triana and the family.🙏 Bill will be missed ❤️
Triana and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I know the love you and Bill had was rare and special. May God wrap his arms around you for comfort during this difficult time. He is watching over you all and will be with you always.
Janet HanshewKyle, TX