‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Curtis's visitation.

Curtis Cooke

The Governor of South Carolina advises to limit public gatherings to 50 guests or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC carefully considered this recommendation and ask that additional guest please participate via live-streaming if it is authorized by the family.

A Private Memorial Service for Mr. Curtis Sidney Cooke will be conducted 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence, SC, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Curtis Sidney Cooke was born August 4, 1954, to Victoria M. (Williams) Cooke and the late Earnest J. Cooke, Sr., in Middlebrook, New York.

Curtis begins his education at Saint Theresa of Alvila in South Ozone Park, New York. He then attended Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, New York and John Adams High School in South Ozone Park, New York, where he was a participant in the graduating Class of 1972.

Shortly, after his graduation, Curtis enlisted in the Air Force. While Curtis was serving in the Air Force, he was an Avionic Sensor System Specialist and his Civilian occupation was an Electronic Mechanic. Curtis was honorably discharged at Beale Air Force Base in California. Curtis then returned to New York where he began to work at the Post Office in Manhattan. He transferred to Oklahoma to become a Postal Instructor. He was there for 17 years. After leaving the Post Office, Curtis moved to Florence, South Carolina, where he chooses to further his education in HVAC – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology at Florence Darlington Technical School.

Curtis had a true love for life. He was a people person who never met a stranger and was kindhearted to everyone. Curtis loved his dogs, Peucheau and Kem. He also enjoyed all types of card games.

Curtis was preceded in death by his father, Earnest J. Cooke, Sr., in December 1997.

Curtis leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Victoria M. Cooke; his brother, Earnest J. Cooke, Jr. (Sonia); his sister, Mary F. Cooke; a nephew, Damion Norwood; a niece, Miracle Cooke; and a host of other relatives; and friends.

Please keep the family of Curtis Cooke in your thoughts and prayers.

Send flowers to the service of Curtis Cooke

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Curtis Cooke, please visit our flower store.


i worked with Curtis in the 80's. We taught classes together for several years. He was well liked by all the students for his relaxed demeanor that placed the students at ease and ready for learning. Always helping and encouraging his students - he was a model instructor. I haven't heard from Curtis in over 20 years but today he came to me in a dream and I felt that warm friendship that we shared. I woke up and started to search for him and I am sorry to find that he has made his transition. I will be planting a tree for him here in Oklahoma. Greg Hayes

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My heartfelt Condolences goes out to the family I am Curtis' cousin Mar-G from NYC and praying for strength for the family Curtis willbe missed immensely PEACE N LOVE MY FAMILY

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

It's been many years since we played together as children. I remember Curt as the quiet Cooke brother. Keeping Mary and Butch in prayer as you mourn this loss. My sincere condolences, Pat.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to the Cooke family. Curtis will always be remembered in our hearts. He was more than a friend, over the years he became a part of our family. We love you and know God loves you best. SIP my friend. Steve & family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I look forward to seeing my cousin again on a paradise Earth thanks to the fulfillment of the scripture found at John 5:28,29.Vicky,Ernest Mary and the entire Cooke Family our deepest condolences.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the Cooke family. RIP Curtis From Jeannie Ford & Family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I went to St Teresa of Avila with him. He was in my class and I remember he was a fun kind young man I'm so sad to hear this. God bless you Curtis. Rest In Peace. Condolences to your family.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I fondly remember Curtis. He was always thoughtful and kind. Did not know him personally very much, but because of his approachable style, I will always remember him. I hope the best for his family during this time. Tim

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My favorite memory of my cousin Curtis is when he came over to our house, we sat down at the table caught up on each other's lives, and played our favorite game Skip-Bo, him talking trash and me talkin trash right back at him. We laughed that whole day. Rest in peace my cousin until we meet again love you.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Curtis was a great guy and had a wonderful personality. I have many good memories of him growing up in South Ozone Park. RIP Curtis.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Show More Entries