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Harold Dye


From:
Cullman, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 9 Mar 2018 12:36 pm     Reply with quote

Just heard from a friend of mine that Bill Cook the founder and president of the Alabama steel guitar assoc. pasted away this Morning. Bill had several great steel shows in the past. I don't have any details at this time about his service.
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Bill Cunningham


From:
Atlanta, Ga. USA
Post Posted 9 Mar 2018 4:17 pm     Reply with quote

My condolences to his family. Bill was a great guy and lover and promoter of steel guitar. Sad
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Leon Champion


From:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 9 Mar 2018 4:28 pm     Bill Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this sad news. Bill was a good friend, and devoted to steel guitar condolences to his family. RIP my friend.
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Mike Johnson


From:
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 7:25 am     My friend, Bill Cook Reply with quote

Bill Cook was one of our dearest friends and we loved him so very much. He loved Steel Guitar and Steel Guitar Players more than anyone on this Earth. He inducted me into the ALABAMA STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME. He was one of the kindest men I ever knew, always binging flowers and gifts to Joanie and my Mom at the Steel Shows and always remembering holidays with a card or message.

Even with his failing health, he would work so hard to put on those Steel Shows in Montgomery every year. He would never admit it, but we all knew that Bill was paying for most of it out of his pocket. He always enjoyed the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. He would be dressed to the hilt and looked like a million bucks when presenting the newest member to the Alabama Hall of Fame Family.

Just like there will never be another Buddy Emmons, there will never be another Bill Cook. We will miss you my friend but we will see you again!

MIKE & JOANIE
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Mike Johnson


From:
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 7:36 am     AL Steel Guitar Hall of Fame Reply with quote

ALABAMA STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION
HALL OF FAME




BILL COOK

In the fall of 2005, Bill had an idea.
“Alabama needs to have a Steel Guitar Association,
to bring steel guitar enthusiasts together
for the purposes of interaction, promotion, and recognition
of the steel guitar's integral contributions to Alabama's music
development past, present and future.”

We would like to honor and recognize Bill Cook
for his immeasurable contribution to the Steel Guitar community.
He has spent countless hours bringing fellowship, education
and enjoyment to so many through his love of this instrument.

Bill has served as President of the ASGA since its inception in 2006.


PRESENTED BY
ALABAMA STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION (ASGA)
MAY 21, 2017[b]
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Wayne Quinn


From:
Cape Breton.NovaScotia
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 10:15 am     Reply with quote

Mike. i,am sorry to hear about your friend. sounds like he was a real good guy.and i know .our Lord will be there to meet him .
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Shorty Smith


From:
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 10:41 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear the bad new about Bill, a wonderful man who loved the steel guitar and supported the instrument through the Al Steel Guitar ASSO. of which he was President. Bill was my friend and he will surely be missed, condolence to his family, RIP my Friend, Shorty
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Charley Hill


From:
South Carolina
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 11:40 am     Reply with quote

Alabama has more notable Steel Guitar players than any other state that I know of. Bill Cook was one of them!

While attending the steel show in Dothan, I met Bill and it didn't take long to understand his love of the instrument and the people that play it.

Condolences to his family and friends.

Charley
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Roger Crawford


From:
McDonough, GA USA
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 11:42 am     Reply with quote

Our condolences to Bill's family. It was a true pleasure to have gotten to know Bill, and a high honor to be asked to help found the ASGA. The proverbial old was broken.
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Jack Goodson


From:
new brockton,alabama (home of me and don helms
Post Posted 10 Mar 2018 2:26 pm     Bill cook Reply with quote

Bill cook and I have been getting I believe will (according to bill) be the 13/th annual ASGA. The show will go on, hopefully no one will object. Lynn owsley and I have discussed this, the entire show will be in honor and remembrance of bill cook....thank jack and martha....R.I.P. bill
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bob drawbaugh


From:
scottsboro, al. usa
Post Posted 12 Mar 2018 4:54 am     Reply with quote

This is sad news. I was at the Dallas show when I heard the news. I first meet Bill at the Dallas show years ago. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers out to his family. RIP Mr. Bill.
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Terry Wood


From:
Marshfield, MO
Post Posted 12 Mar 2018 5:26 pm     Reply with quote

Bill Cook was a Great Guy and loved Steel Guitar and its players. He will be greatly missed! Prayers for Bill's Family and many Friends!
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Dennis Manuel


From:
Hixon, B.C., Canada
Post Posted 13 Mar 2018 5:51 am     Reply with quote

Heaven has a place for men like Bill and your words for him Mike were very touching.
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Bryan Knox


From:
Gardendale, Alabama...Ya'll come
Post Posted 13 Mar 2018 6:23 am     Reply with quote

Bill was a gem of a guy and you couldn't help but like him. He was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace, friend.
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Donna Dodd


From:
Acworth, Georgia, USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2018 4:52 pm     Reply with quote

Bill supported our GaSGA shows for many years. We all loved him! I recall the day he told us he was sick, and how unprepared we were to hear that kind of news. Bill was so vibrant! He was talented, loyal, and had a wonderful personality. Bill was a true gentleman.
Rest in peace, friend...
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Tony Prior


From:
Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 15 Mar 2018 1:18 am     Reply with quote

RIP Bill. I never met Bill but we spoke a few times over the years. Always enjoyed our conversations .
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Bill Nicholson


From:
Georgia, USA
Post Posted 15 Mar 2018 7:25 pm     Bill Cook Reply with quote

In addition to being friends with Bill, my wife and I have been good friends with Bill Cook's sister (Cammie) and her husband for many years.

Bill's sister sent my wife this message as follows:
"Please let everyone know again how dear the steel guitar folks were to Bill....like another family....he loved each and every one of you guys".

Bill will be missed by all of us.
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Tommy Young


From:
Ethelsville Alabama
Post Posted 16 Mar 2018 9:06 am     Reply with quote

My Condolences to his Family and us Friends he was a great guy to all us steel players for sure may God Bless his family

Tommy Young
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billy tam


From:
baton rouge, louisiana
Post Posted 26 Mar 2018 4:32 am     Bill Cook Reply with quote

I met Bill through the forum several years ago discussing a guitar we were both interested in and Bill bought it. We met in person in St. Louis in 2007 and he was like and instant friend, very very personable and real. With him was young man he was introducing named Tyler Hall who has become a serious player with many years ahead of him.
Rest in peace Bill you have done great work! Billy
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Russ Hicks


From:
Pegram, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2018 10:04 am     Reply with quote

A fine man who loved steel guitar; I always enjoyed playing his shows as he was always a great host for his players; he will surely be missed.
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Jimmy Campbell


From:
Fayette, Alabama.
Post Posted 6 Apr 2018 6:53 pm     Reply with quote

Haven't been on the forum in several weeks and was shocked to read about the passing of my friend Bill Cook.
I had called Bill a few months ago and could tell he wasn't feeling very well.
Robin and I send our sympathy to all his family and friends.
RIP Bill.
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Lavon Chappell


From:
The Heart of Dixie
Post Posted 23 Jul 2018 10:54 pm     Reply with quote

Mr. Bill was a class act!! And that is what I told him every time that I saw him. He will be definitely missed.
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