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Virgie Cook

September 22, 1939 — June 28, 2019

Virgie Mims was born in Hampton, South Carolina on September 22nd 1939 to the late James Verdell Mims and Sarah Mae Mims. She was the only child born to this union. Virgie Cook departed this earth on Friday, June 28th 2019.

As a small child Virgie Mims moved to Philadelphia, PA with her parents. Virgie was educated in the Philadelphia School District where she received her High School Diploma.

Shortly after high school, Virgie had a long standing career in the hospitality field.

Virgie gave birth to three sons, the late James Vincent Mims, Phillip E. Mims, and Karl Anthony Mims. A while later Virgie met the love of her life, Robert Cook. Virgie married Robert Cook on January 7th 1984 making him the happiest man who lived and no children born to this union.

In support of her late husband, Virgie became an Eastern Star. Virgie also was a long time member of the Dauphin Street Baptist Church and became a Trustee, Missionary, Church Treasurer, Kitchen Committee and Pulpit Partner at the Church. Virgie strong bond and love with her church and our Lord Jesus Christ gave her strength throughout her life.

Virgie was a wonderful god fearing woman. She was loved and respected by so many of her peers and others. Virgie Cook was sweet, kind, and made a friend of almost everyone she encountered. Virgie Cook was a person who made amazing banana pudding and pineapple upside down cake. She always had a kind smile and kind words for everyone. Virgie had an easy going demeanor and her wise words made her cherished by her family and friends especially her longtime friend Ella (Mae) Smith and Gladys Anderson. She loved talking on the phone with her gossip girls, Constance Mims and Flossie Alston. She could talk on the phone with her gossip girls for hours but whenever anyone else would call she would quickly excuse herself with an “okay, nice talking to you, love you, bye”. Virgie was also funny and very charismatic. She enjoyed family gatherings and events. She was very comforting and understanding.

Virgie was preceded in death by her eldest son James Mims, her husband Robert Cook, and three of her grandchildren, Sarah Mims, Richard Alston Jr. and Melissa Patterson.

Virgie Cook leaves to mourn her two sons Phillip E. Mims and Karl Anthony Mims, her daughter in laws Constance Mims, Pamela Mims, and Flossie Austin. She leaves 15 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and extended family.

Virgie Cook was the epitome of what a mother, grandmother, and friend should be. She will be greatly missed by all and always remembered.


Dauphin Street Baptist Church
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  • 2229 N 29th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19132

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Dauphin Street Baptist Church
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  • 2229 N 29th Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132


Rolling Green Cemetery
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  • 1008 West Chester Pike
    Philadelphia, PA 19133
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