July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Obituary: William Bradley Cook, 41
Brad Cook, gay news, Washington Blade

William “Brad” Cook specialized in patents and trademarks as well as veterans appeals.

Funeral services for William Bradley “Brad” Cook, 41, who died July 6 in Grand Forks, N.D., were held July 14 according to the Coffee County Funeral Chapel in Manchester, Tenn., where Cook formerly resided.

Cook was born Aug. 13, 1970 in Coffee County, Tenn., the son of Sue Harner Cook and the late W.H. Cook, Jr. Cook grew up in Manchester and graduated from Manchester Central High School. He attended Belmont University in Nashville where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English. He then attended the University of Vermont where he obtained a master’s degree in English. He later earned a law degree from Catholic University in Washington.

Cook was employed with the federal government as an attorney. He specialized in patents and trademarks as well as veterans appeals.

While living in Manchester, Brad worked at the family business, Cook Neon Signs, Inc. He was a member of the Forest Mill United Methodist Church.

Cook was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Cook, Sr., and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harner and also his brother-in-law, David Reavis.

Survivors include his mother, Sue Harner Cook of Manchester; his partner of 12 years, Frederick Redwine; two sisters, Tammy Cook Jones and husband, Frank of Manchester and Susan Cook Reavis also of Manchester; five nieces and nephews, Haley Tomasek, Kelsey Tomasek, and Elizabeth, Hannah and Alex Reavis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trevor Project at trevorproject.org. Online condolences may be made at coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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