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Louis Cook

October 23, 1948 ~ March 18, 2022 (age 73)


Louis Fredrick Cook of Chapel Hill, NC died at home on March 18, 2022 after a long illness. He was 73 years old.  The son of Raymond B. and Anna LaBelle (Carlson) Cook, Louis was a native of Cincinnati, OH and lived the past four decades in the Triangle area. 

Louis’ favorite occupations were sports, helping people, and anything that had to do with his children.

He loved playing basketball, softball, and golf until he couldn’t.  Then he enjoyed watching them.  Duke Basketball, Cincinnati Reds baseball, and everything his children played were at the top of the list.  

Louis capped off his professional career with his favorite job — supervisor of the North Carolina Family Health Resource Line, a free information clearinghouse to assist families with health questions or concerns.  The Resource Line, a program of the UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health.

Most importantly, he loved his children fiercely and was a great dad.  He wanted to share the important things in life with them — unconditional love and support, good music, jumping ocean waves, ghost crabs and crab legs, Durham Bulls Baseball, the language of sarcasm, the love of a good cat, how to drive, being kind, keeping an eye out for beauty in the world, to be proud of themselves, and to always look out for each other.  In the end, he taught them that choosing to be vulnerable is an act of great strength and courage.

Louis is survived by his daughter, Eleanor “Laney” Anna Smyth Cook, and son, Elliot Louis Totten Cook, both of Chapel Hill, NC and their mother, Leah Totten.  He is also survived by his siblings: Ray Cook of Hendersonville, NC; Linda Gannon of London, England; Gary Cook of Sharp’s Chapel, TN; and Susan Kern of Cincinnati, OH, as well as his nieces and nephews.

The family is receiving visitors at home, and as Louis requested, will host a gathering this summer to celebrate his life.  Please contact the family at if you would like more information.

In lieu of flowers, Louis requested that donations be made to Table, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger in the Chapel Hill area — or (919) 636-4860.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service of Graham, NC.




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