Cook, Rev. Jay


Dr. Jay Paul Cook, affectionately called Pastor Jay or Dr. Jay, made his triumphant transition to Glory on December 19, 2022, from his residence in Newark, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Jay was born April 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, the son of the late George Sturley and Virginia May (Cupples) Cook. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Mary Beth (Seibert) Cook, whom he met at WV Wesleyan College. He is also survived by a son Joshua Paul Cook and his partner Allison Fortney of Newark, OH; daughter Miriam Beth (Cook) Keenan and her husband Devin Allen Keenan of Fuquay-Varina, NC; grandchildren: Emily Clare and Logan James Cook of Newark, OH, Addilyn Mae and Quentin Allen Keenan of Fuquay-Varina NC; brother James Sturley Cook of Yalesville, CN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Karen (Talbot) Cook of Yalesville, CN, Iva (Seibert) and Charles Keller of Richmond, VA, Mary Alice (Seibert) and David Merryman of Summersville, WV, Susan Seibert of Richmond, VA and John Seibert of Clarksburg, WV; eight nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great niece. Dr. Jay is a 1970 graduate of Munhall High School in Pittsburgh; he was awarded a BA in 1974 from WV Wesleyan College; a Masters of Divinity in 1978 from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; a Doctor of Ministry in 1988 from Asbury Theological Seminary. In 1979 he was Ordained as an Elder and Full Member of the Western PA United Methodist Conference. Dr. Jay faithfully and compassionately served the United Methodist Church for 46 years with appointments at: W Washington Edwards Chapel, Union Valley Charge, Dayton-Smicksburg Charge, Venetia Wrights, New Castle Croton, Albion Grace and Johnstown Westmont. In 2010 he retired from the Western PA UM Conference and moved to Summersville, WV. From 2010-2021 he served under retirement status the WV UM Church Conference appointments of Richwood Faith and Macedonia. Dr. Jay also enjoyed many years of coaching highschool boys’ basketball and community baseball and girls’ softball teams. He was also a member of the Western PA First Spiritual Responders and received the Scouting Order of the Arrow – Vigil Honor. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church in Summersville, WV on January 14th at 11:00 am with Rev. David Merryman officiating. Interment immediately following service at Walker Memorial Cemetery. Luncheon and gathering in Memorial Church fellowship hall following Interment.