Farris Odel Cook

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 15, 1938

Departed on February 24, 2019 and resided in Greenbrier, Tennessee

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Farris Odel Cook- Age 80, February 24, 2019.
Preceded in death by her husband, James Cook; parents, Archie and Odel Nash; brother, Archie Hartwell Nash.
She is survived by her children, Kevin Cook, Nikki Tolliver (Frankie), Karen Twele (Chris), Russell Cook (Hope) and Jimmy Cook (Lisa); grandchildren, Lindsey Flottman, Dustin Cook, Josh Cook, Ali Fowler, Emma Twele, Olivia Cook, Cooper Tolliver, Truett Tolliver, Harper Tolliver, Kate Tolliver, Chase Tolliver, Reuben Barringer, Samuel Barringer, Sabrina Barringer and Cody Myatt; sisters, Maie Choate and Mylisa Panek.

Farris enjoyed a variety interests throughout her life. Her extensive collection of teapots was displayed throughout the kitchen. Also, while in Germany as a military wife and mother, she became very fond of Hummel statues and had a beautiful collection of those, along with a diverse collection of rabbits – most notably the Beatrix Potter collection.

A love of gardening shown itself with her ability to grow any kind of flower, plant, or vegetable. Furthermore, she possessed an uncanny ability to take the dying plants she would see at someone’s home and bring them back to life. Often, this resulted in a plethora of young plants she would give to everyone - with the caveat of “don’t kill it”.

Her most notable talent was clearly cooking and baking. Farris possessed an innate skill whereby she could taste a dish in a restaurant and be able to replicate it exactly. Over time, her interest expanded to decorating cakes and cookies and she eventually mastered these skills. This led to catering weddings and making theme cakes for birthday parties.

Her love of family was paramount in her life and she was most happy when surrounded by her family, taking special delight in her children and grand-children. Given the importance of family, most gatherings were held at her house. The kitchen was the hub of her home – and there were never too many “Cook’s” in the kitchen. She passed her love of cooking to her children, resulting in them competing in BBQ contests throughout the mid-South. Most influenced by this area of her life was her grandson, Josh, who is now a talented chef.

To relax, Farris enjoyed sitting in her sunroom and watching the birds and squirrels, being particularly fascinated by hummingbirds. There were feeders outside most windows. As she would observe them, they would hover in midair at a window, looking inside at her. When she went outside they would gather around her, fluttering their wings and humming to her.

She now has her wings and can now fly with the hummingbirds.

Visitation will be 4-7 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. There will be a reception following the services at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills.

15 Comments to Farris Odel Cook

  1. Kelly Lockhart Cook
    February 25, 2019 9:43 pm

    I cannot tell any of you enough how incredibly sad I am. Farris was a fiercely protective person with an unquenchable love for her siblings, children, and grandchildren. Now, she is with her beloved and with God. For this, and only this, I feel joy and peace.

  2. VFW 5150, Loudon, TN
    February 26, 2019 8:53 am

    Russell and Hope,

    We’re so sorry to hear of your Mothers’ passing. I can’t imagine your loss, and the hole this must leave in your heart.
    Peace be yours.

    Respectfully,
    Your Brothers at VFW 5150, Loudon

  3. Gladys Choate West
    February 26, 2019 3:25 pm

    All of Cordell Choate’s family are praying for your family at this time!
    May God comfort each of you as only He can – In Jesus Name – Amen!

  4. Karen Focht
    February 26, 2019 9:36 pm

    Such a sweetheart, I will miss her visits and her cooking. May she be resting in peace. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Karen Focht
    February 26, 2019 9:36 pm

    Such a sweetheart. I will miss her visits and her cooking. May she be resting in peace. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Sandy Flynn
    February 26, 2019 10:14 pm

    Nikki, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was was a special lady. I remember going to Nashville with you and staying at your Mom and Dad house . They treated me with such hospitality and kindness. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Hugs and Prayers .

    Love,
    Sandy Flynn

  7. Sue and Don Hadkins
    February 26, 2019 10:20 pm

    Don and I are so sorry to hear this. Don has so many fantastic memories of your mom and family. We will keep you in our prayers.

  8. Jan Dunn
    February 27, 2019 2:14 am

    Nikki, Ali, and family…….I’m so sorry to hear about Farris. She and your dad were great people and very loved by all which was quite obvious❣️ I know you all are comforted by the assurance that they are together and no longer have any earthly struggles.
    Maybe Poppy greeted them and offered a ride on his fire truck.
    Love to you all.
    Jan and Courtney

  9. Deb Farris
    February 27, 2019 7:49 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. She was a wonderful lady.

  10. Mary Wangler
    February 27, 2019 8:30 am

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet mom.

  11. Greta Hinds Dajani
    February 27, 2019 7:58 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Her passing. Farris was an wonderful employee at MDHA and a special friend! She did a great job managing the cafeteria and her food was so delicious! Please know she had a special place in my heart. She dearly loved her family and was so proud of each of you. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Greta Hindsi Dajani

  12. Cheryl Wolfe
    February 27, 2019 11:39 pm

    My deepest condolences are with the family during this time of loss of one so dear. Farris has been special to our family for many years and her loss is felt by many. Prayers for healing in your hearts.
    Cheryl Newman Wolfe

  13. Sherry McCaskill
    February 27, 2019 11:50 pm

    My sincere condolences…it is an overwhelming loss to lose a parent. May God’s mercies surround you for all your days.
    Love you always Nikki

  14. Randle and Sarah Tolliver
    February 28, 2019 3:53 pm

    Nikki, our deepest condolences. God bless and keep you during this time. Love, Randy and Sarah

  15. Phil & Patty Luther
    February 28, 2019 11:42 pm

    This notification just now showed up on our Facebook page. Russell, I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Farris’ passing. She will missed very much. Sending our love and our prayers.

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