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Brandon Ray Winship was born May 5, 1986 in Ada to Jackie Leroy and Sherry Rae (Winship) Cook. He passed from this life May 2, 2011 in Rattan at the age of 24. Gator grew up in Bonham, TX., and had lived in the Rattan area for the past seven years. He was of the Baptist faith, and he enjoyed riding horses, hunting, and helping Nana in the kennel. Most of all, Gator loved spending time with his family and friends. Gator was preceded in death by his papa: Jimmy Winship; great-grandfather: Anderson Winship; great-grandmothers: Ada Winship, Alma Fuller, and Mehleneese Cook; and an uncle: Harold Winship. He is survived by his mother: Sherry Cook of Rattan; father: Jackie Cook of Bennington; brothers: Kike Cook of Rattan, Jace Cook of Bennington, and Edward Johnson of Hugo; sister: Jolisa Cook of Bennington; nana: Linda Winship of Rattan; uncle: Terry Don Winship of Rattan; cousins: Lyndsi Winship, Kayli Winship, Easton Winship, Loghann Winship, & Kelbi Winship; many other aunts, uncles, & cousins; as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Rattan High School Gymnasium with Pastor Donny Day and Bruce Frazier officiating. Musical selections will include: â€śDirt Road Anthem,â€ť â€śIf I Can Do It Againâ€ť and â€śCountry Heroes.â€ť Pallbearers will include: Larry Linn, Brandon Motley, Rusty Courtwright, Chuck Jacobs, Ricky Pardue, Charles Lucas, Bubba Frazier and Talon Self. Honorary pallbearers are: Justin Lucas, Aaron Noel and Kody Bailey. Interment will follow at the Rattan Cemetery in Rattan. Family and friends may send online condolences at www.millscoffey.com.
Iâ€™d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
Iâ€™d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
Iâ€™d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
Iâ€™d like the tears of those who
grieve to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave
when my life is done.
Funeral services conducted by Mills & Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers.