Hakeem Jackson Cook, 22, was called home to God, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, without warning.
He was born Sept. 26, 1991, in Arcadia, Fla., to Melinda Jackson-Cook and Shingi Cook.
Hakeem had a special bond with all his seven siblings, but was very close with his brother, Jakarri Cook. He was baptized at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Arcadia, and was a devoted member of the A.M.E. Church in Miami, Fla., and Plant City, Fla. Hakeem was determined to get his life on the right path again, and he received a letter March 11, 2014, stating he had passed his GED test. He always tried to make his mother proud, in his voice, “my ole girl.”
Hakeem was a very special and unique person. He touched many lives, and always had a smile on his face. Hakeem had a giving heart; like his mom, he loved hard and just wanted to be respected in the same way.
He leaves his cherished memories to his mother, Melinda; stepfather, who loved Hakeem as his own, Ronnie; his fiancée, Sheryl Lafrance; grandparents, Wanda and Bobby Young, and Olivia and Billie Sampson; step-grandparents, Carol and Harold; great-grandparents, Ruth Jackson and Virginia Young; brothers, Jakarri, Shang, Billie, Shingi and Isaiah Cook; sisters, Shanice and Shaniya Cook; stepsisters, Daniel and Janae; four aunts; five uncles; two step-aunts; two step-uncles; and a host of great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Hakeem was preceded in death by his father, Shingi Cook.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Hickson Funeral Home in Arcadia. The funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mount Zion AME Church, 256 Orange Ave., Arcadia. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Hickson Funeral Home, Arcadia.