1921 - 2018
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DR. PAYTON COOK Dr. Payton C. Cook, 97, of Las Vegas, passed away December, 25, 2018. He was born January 21, 1921, to Sam and Willie Mae Cook, in Ashdown, AR., and was a 16-year resident of Las Vegas. Dr. Cook served in the U.S. Army Reserve while attending Southern University on a football scholarship where he was later inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame. He subsequently received his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from U.S. International University while working in the San Diego Unified School District from which he retired as Principal of Lincoln High School. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men, and the Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas. Dr. Cook loved to play tennis and craps, watch sports, travel, and help others. Payton was a devoted husband and caring friend. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam; and wives, Mary and Helen. Payton is survived by many family and friends. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 5, at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb, Las Vegas, NV 89134. Burial will be in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Theta Pi Lambda Foundation, PO Box 270181, Las Vegas, NV 89127.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jan. 3, 2019.
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January 20, 2019
I remember way back when I was in high school....Payton had to be close to 70 at that time. Back then I thought I had a real nice tennis game. My Dad set up a match between myself and Payton when he visited us in Portland. I was planning on takin' it easy on an old man. Payton ended up crushing me 6-3, 6-4. I couldn't believe it!! I remember that vividly to this day. Mad respect to Payton Cook. A great man. He had game on and off the tennis court. RIP Peyton Cook!!
January 5, 2019
Our Heavenly Father has given us a life span of 70-80 years if we are especially strong. May you celebrate a life well lived and loved by many.May the words of Psalm 90:10,14 bring comfort to the family.
Pamela Johnson
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