She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and attended McMinn County High School. She was a longtime member of Hilltop Baptist Church and retired from Athens Products. She was an avid Tennessee Vols fan, loved gardening, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Kathleen Duncan Cook; and brothers: Eugene, Robert, and Ray Cook.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Onis Brantley of Athens; son, Jeff Brantley of Cleveland; daughter, Melanie Stephens and her husband, Chad, of Niota; grandchildren: Megan Brantley of Bristol, Joel and Trevor Brantley, both of Cleveland, Ciara and Chloe Stephens, both of Niota; sisters: Anna Wicker and her husband, Lynn, of Niota, Pauline Martin and her husband, Jim, of Chattanooga and Jo Anne Dale of Rossville, Ga.; brothers: Ralph Cook, Gary Cook and his wife, Jana, Glen Cook and his wife, Reba, all of Cleveland, and Charles Cook and his wife, Jean, of Chattanooga; and several nieces, nephews and loving friends.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Hilltop Baptist Church in Riceville with the Revs. Jim Elliot and Jimmy Barlow officiating.
Interment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens with Ralph Cook, Gary Cook, Charles Cook, Glen Cook, Joel Brantley, and Trevor Brantley serving as pallbearers.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and Friday, from noon to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
The family extends appreciation to Phyllis Barlow and Kathy Dill and Amedysis Hospice for their dedicated and compassionate care.
Ralph Buckner of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Brantley family guest book at www.ralphbucknerofetowah.com.