Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 17, 2019.
COOK, Benjamin Hayden
Benjamin Hayden Cook passed away Nov. 8, 2019.
Ben was born Nov. 3, 1936 in West Point, NY to General
Orval R. and Minna E. Cook. He graduated from Woodrow
Wilson High School (1954), Washington, DC, Georgia
Institute of Technology, and received an MBA from Georgia
State University. At Georgia Tech, he was a member of
Sigma Chi fraternity and Army ROTC.
Ben married his college sweetheart, Iverson Branch, in 1958. They enjoyed a wonderful
marriage for 61 years. Ben built a 32-year career with Southern Bell, retiring from Bell South
as District Manager.
Active in the US Army Reserve, he retired as a Lt. Colonel from Fort McPherson Third Army
In addition to his love of family, Ben was an avid golfer and Georgia Tech fan. He was active in
the Telephone Pioneers, serving as President of the Bell South Georgia Chapter and Lenox
Life Member Club, among other positions. He was a member of Christ Church of Atlanta.
He is survived by his loving spouse, Iverson, and three children: Minna Gioia (Brad), Nashville,
TN; Connie Forestner (David), Marietta; Ben Cook, Jr., Atlanta; seven grandchildren; brother
Peyton E. Cook (Anne), Southern Pines, NC; and his brother-in-law Tom Branch (Trudi),
A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul (1795
Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta 30062) on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Church of Atlanta Building Fund, P.O.
Box 76320, Atlanta, GA 30359 or Telecom Pioneers Lenox LMC c/o Mary Shumate, 3603
Brookefall, Ct., Suwannee, GA 30024.