Cook, Estel D.

October 7, 1946 - September 25, 2020

A celebration of Life for Estel Dale Cook, 73, of Kingwood, will he from 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood, Tx., 77339. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Darst Funeral Home.

Estel Dale Cook, was born October 7, 1946 in Athens, West Virginia to the late Ruby Garnet (Mullins) and Moody Camden Cook and died on Friday, September 25, 2020, at home peacefully surrounded by his family. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He was generous and kind, with a contagious smile, and he will be missed greatly.

Estel grew up in Pineville, WV. He broke into computer programming early, writing programs on punch cards. He worked for the State of West Virginia’s data processing center where he had a role in developing the state’s first software to calculate election results. After that, he spent nearly 40 years in the energy industry, including Eason Oil in Charleston, WV and Oklahoma City, and at SONAT and Cheniere Energy in Houston before retiring as vice president of information technology at Eagle Rock Energy.

He loved model trains and could often be found reconfiguring track layouts in the garage. He was always up for a good movie or a game of dominos. He enjoyed traveling, particularly cruises. One highlight included a six-week cruise from Galveston, TX to Singapore, with stops in Egypt, Dubai and Malaysia along the way. He loved spending summer afternoons in his swimming pool.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruby and Moody Cook; sisters Charlotte Mink, Dixie Borregaard, Sandra McAlister and Billie Cook; and bothers Douglas Edward Cook and Moody Camden Cook Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Trilla Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Shannon Cook; daughter and son-in-law, Tracie and Rob Kenyon; grandchildren, Emily and Anne Cook; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Dale Ford, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).

Darst Funeral Home, Kingwood, directors.


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A celebration of Life for Estel Dale Cook, 73, of Kingwood, will he from 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood, Tx., 77339.

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20 replies on “Cook, Estel D.”

Cindy Whitson says:

He will be so deeply missed. I can’t tell you a smile he put on my face when I saw y’all walking in. I miss my hugs but I did love taking care of him. I just wish under different circumstances. ❤️❤️❤️

Lynette Rice says:

Continued prayers for your family.

Tom Duffee says:

Est was a blessing to me. I miss him more and more each day. Trilla ,Tracie,Matt I witnessed your love for Est first hand. God bless you and God bless my brother Est!

Mary Webber says:

So sorry for your loss. All are f my lov and prayers for you and your family. Love you Mary Webber

Larry W. Green says:

It is with much sadness that I learned of Estel’s passing. Although I have not seen or talked with him for many years, he was a very close friend throughout our school years. My sincere condolences to Trilla and family. says:

Rest In Peace my wonderful, Brother-In-Law! So broken hearted losing you! 😭💔
Prayers for our Sister,, Trilla, his love of life, !
courage and faith to get through her loss of 54 yaears with him! Amen

Anne Wilms says:

It was such great sadness that I heard of Estel’s passing. I was truly blessed to have fortunate enough to know him. To say he was a caring, wonderful , intelligent and fun man would be an understatement. I will cherish him
Always. And my deepest sympathy to Trilla and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

KEN and DEBBIE Greear says:

Our hearts are filled with sadness at Estel’s passing but at the same time filled with joy for knowing such a wonderful man. The memories are many for our best friend: riding motorcycles ( one of which the guys rebuilt in your living room floor); all the Friday and Saturday night card games (not sure who ever won or lost because we were laughing through most of them). Going to the Heart of Town to dance to the tunes of the Elvis impersonator ( and always counting straws). The best time of our lives were spent with you two and for that we are most grateful!

John Gilroy says:

Estel was a wonderful Father, Husband, Grandfather and will be dearly missed by many. I loved our talks when we were over at the Cook house in Kingwood. His laughter and joy was contagious. I will miss him. I’m praying for peace and comfort for the family. Remember the good, happy, joyful times.

Janie says:

Rest In Peace my friend. You will be so missed. Love and prayers for the family.

Vicki Maier says:

Memories of family visits to WV include a very young Estel and Trilla, smiling, laughing, playing cards, always kind to a young niece. We all got older, visited less. Im glad to know he had a full and happy life, sad that it ended too soon. My thoughts are with you and the family Trilla.

Don and Nita Uptegraph says:

we will miss our friend

Robin Brown says:

My Uncle Estel Cook was a very sweet man. And when he smiled his whole face lit up. What a great smile! But most of all I remember the love he showed my Aunt Trilla and his kids Matt and Tracie and their families. He was truly a family man. May you always treasure your wonderful memories of him. We love you all. And know that someday you will see him again in heaven.
In God’s love,
Robin Brown
AKA “The Flower Girl”

Diana Orphe says:

Kindly accept my condolences. I thank u for giving me an opportunity to render my service for him. i could never forget his smile every time I walked in. May his soul rest in peace. U and ur family will always remain in my prayers. Diana Orphe.

Ruby Poff says:

Estel was a great uncle. He used to babysit us occasionally and would let us get away with everything.I was very happy for him when he started dating Trilla. They were both good for each other. He will truely be missed by me. Heaven sure is getting a great guy. Rest in peace.

Ken Boronyak says:

My condolences to the family for the loss of a great man and father. I’ll miss Est and the good times.

Frank, Diane and Alex Longo says:

To the Cook family our most sincere for

Arceli Cannon says:

You will be missed so much Dale. Prayers and my thoughts to the Cook family. I will miss my birthday celebrant buddy. ☹️☹️😟 Praying that the good Lord grant him eternal rest and let the Perpetual light shine upon him. May your Soul Rest in Peace, Amen🙏. Hugs to my wonderful friend Trilla ❤️

Marlene Boronyak says:

I will miss your smile, your compliments, our get togethers, especially our Mexican Train days/nights. You were one of the good guys! We will be there for Trilla! Love You,

Vicki Maier says:

Memories of visiting family in WVA as a child included Uncle Estel and Trilla as a young married couple, laughing, joking, playing games, sharing stories. Always kind to a young niece.
Over the years visits were fewer, the miles got longer, we kept up through cards, pictures and phone calls. Mom and dad (Shirley and Dale) enjoyed several trips to Texas, especially for Matt and Tracy’s weddings. We are all happy to know Estel had a full and happy life. Sad he was taken from us too soon. May you rest in peace Estel.

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