Alice Robeson Cooke, 90, of Athens died peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens with her grandsons by her side. Alice was originally from Newport, born to the late Dr. Edward and Sallie Ottinger Robeson, but lived in Athens since her high school and college years and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Alice was a resident of Morning Pointe Assisted Living for almost six years. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gettys Cooke, who was a well known business and civic leader of Athens. Alice and Bill co-owned and operated the Cooke Paper Box Company in Athens for many years. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Alice Cooke; two grandsons and their spouses, Will Lepchitz (Melissa) and Drew Lepchitz (Lauren); two great-granddaughters, Emma and Haley Lepchitz, all of Georgia; two loving nieces, Sara Calhoun Simpson (Ben) and Ellen Calhoun Lawson (Robby); and four great-nephews, Keith and Alex (Lauren Nixon) Lawson, Benjamin (Renee) and Mark Simpson (Nichole). Due to the current situation this country is facing at this time, the family will hold a private burial at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens and a date for an upcoming formal visitation and service for her many, many friends and extended family will be at a date to be determined. The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 E. College St., Athens, TN 37303; or McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 512 W. Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303. All of those who loved her and were blessed to know her may sign the guest register at Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Alice Robeson Cooke.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.