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Celebrating the life of

Dr. Anthony Malcom Cook

Passed away on March 23, 2024

Dr. Anthony Malcom Cook

Dr. Anthony Malcom Cook passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the age of 67, in Savannah, GA, surrounded with love; his wife and children were with him as he made his transition to heaven.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Mileur Cook, whom he was devoted to for nearly 41 years, and their children Travis (Elizabeth) Cook  and Lexie (Everett) Cramer, both of Atlanta, GA, as well as his grandchildren, Louisa and Hayes, who fondly called him ‘Ace’. He is also survived by his sister Kristi (Chris) Maletis, along with many nieces and nephews.

Anthony was a Georgia man through and through.  He was born on April 7, 1956, to his loving parents, Malcolm and Catherine Cook, in Savannah GA.  He graduated from Savannah Country Day School in 1974, and enrolled at the University of Georgia, Athens, and completed a degree Bachelor of Science in 1979. Anthony was a member of The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, where he made many important lifelong friendships. Anthony's fraternity brothers coined his nickname ‘AC.’

Anthony and Julie met in Atlanta during a rare snowstorm, both sliding down a hill with makeshift sleds of cafeteria trays. Anthony later proposed on the same spot, and they were married May 28th, 1983.

Anthony was admitted to Emory School of Dentistry and graduated in 1983 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Upon graduation he returned to Savannah, GA and practiced cosmetic and restorative dentistry for over 30 years. As part of Anthony’s desire to give back to his profession and to improve the lives of others, he was very active in dental associations, both locally and statewide.

His professional legacy includes serving as President of the Southeastern District Dental Association, President of the Savannah Coastal Dental Society, and the President of Coastal Dental Study Club. He was a lifetime emeritus member of the Georgia Dental Association, and was elected as a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honor dental organization. He also graduated tier VI from the L.D. Panky Institute of postgraduate dental education.

Anthony was a passionate and accomplished golfer and belonged to the Savannah Golf Club for over 37 years. He enjoyed the comradery of his golf friends as much as he loved the game itself.

Anthony was a devout Catholic and that faith guided him throughout his life.  He and Julie worshiped at St. James Catholic Church for many years, but more recently belonged to the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. 

Anthony and Julie loved to travel, together or with friends, and had the opportunity to see much of the world. He loved meeting new people anywhere and having new experiences, creating many wonderful memories.

 Anthony cherished his friendships and he and Julie entertained often, sharing their gift of hospitality with friends. In addition to golf, Anthony loved to fish, go boating, and cheer on the University of Georgia Bulldawgs’ football program. Anthony was also known to enjoy a fun game of cards, especially if there was a small wager involved.

When the family talk about Anthony, they speak of his strength of character, his gentleness, his integrity and sense of fun, how he handled his challenges with such grace, how hard he fought his disease with speech, physical and occupational therapy, inspiring so many. Anthony will be terribly missed by his family and a wide circle of friends and associates, his life an example of how one person can impact the lives of so many others.

There will be a visitation at Fox & Weeks Funeral Home on Hodgson Memorial Drive on Tuesday, March 26th at five o’clock, with a rosary following at six thirty. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, March 27th at two o’clock at Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Reception to follow at the Savannah Golf Club from three thirty to five thirty.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Anthony Cook Memorial Fund for Brain Research at the Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, FL. To donate, please see the link: https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donateMC or mail to: Dr. Anthony Cook Memorial for Brain Research, c/o Mayo Clinic Dept of Development, 200 1st SW, Rochester, MN 55905.  

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I have many fond memories of AC playing golf talking about the Dawgs or enjoying a nice meal. It is a warm obituary… and it is surely the AC we all knew and loved. We were in a group that took golf trips sometimes and AC was always pleasant and enjoyable company . He sometimes even shared his skills on the grill for the guys. Rest well my friend. You leave behind many warm memories.

- Gregg Evans, Savannah, GA

I will forever cherish the golf, trips and card games with AC! I loved him as a brother and he will be deeply missed by the 1794 BLITZ.

- Ira and Sue Ruby, Savannah, GA

We will miss Anthony so much. He was a dear friend to our family. Praying for his sweet family and friends during this difficult time.

- Susan Bagwell, St. Simons Islad , GA.

Anthony always greeted with friendly eyes, beautiful smile and a loving and kind heart. Whenever we were together there was always a fun story, laughter and genuine kindness. He will be greatly missed. He embraced life with his entire being. Please accept our condolences.

- Vince and Dianna Flagella, Savannah, Ga

Deepest condolences to all of the cool family on the loss of Anthony. He was such a kind man and enjoyable presence and I know how much he meant to those who loved him. As the father of one of my dearest friends, Anthony was a part of many of my fondest memories as well: my first Georgia football game; paying for my meal even when I ordered way too much (I once ordered 20 wings - except they were full sized drumsticks not the little ones- I ate them all with Anthony’s encouragement); coaching our Panthers basketball team; and encouraging me to get back up after my many wipeouts at the skate park. May those who loved him take solace in knowing he had such a great and positive impact on myself and so many more.

- Matthew Kenreich, Savannah, Georgia

Anthony was my Dentist and friend , he was a wonderful guy.

- Anthony Alfonso, 513 E Gaston St,Savannah, Geordia

Julie We just heard about Anthony. I have always loved Anthony. He was the best boss anyone could have had and a very dear, caring friend that I have always cherished. His big ole smile always made me smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Wish we could be there, but know we are with you in spirit.

- Ken and Rebecca Beasley, SAVANNAH, GA

Anthony and I met at one of his first meetings on Skidaway with the Kiwanis Club. As a fellow retired dentist we immediately became good friends. His remarkable love for life and his wife and family became so apparent as our short friendship over the past few years developed. His kind heart and humor became apparent as he joined our golf group at The Landings and I was honored to introduce him to new golfing buddies. All of us that knew and loved Anthony became better people because of his attitude and kindness. He will be greatly missed.

- Rick Tallon, Savannah, Ga

Rest easy My Friend. Enjoyed many rounds of golf and lots of laughs especially our Ireland trip. A true Savannah Gentleman!

- John Forbes, Savannah, Ga

Anthony is a warrior! To know him was to love him. He was so welcoming! Praying for strength and warmth for Julie, Travis, Lexi and their families! Julie, you are a role model for how a loving, caring wife should be!

- Sandi Thompson, Jacksonville Beach, FL

AC was The ultimate southern gentleman. A dear friend to so many . I loved playing golf with my buddy, including several trips to Ireland . RIP sweet swinger . I miss you already !

- Jeff Fitzpatrick, Gainesville, GA

Anthony, you will be missed. I will certainly miss out "discussions" over the "Dawgs" and the "Gators" !!Now rest friend- you are healed. Julie, peace and serenity to you. Anthony knew that you held him in your hands of love.

- Gerald Benson, Savannah, GA

I am sorry to hear of Anthony’s passing. We were together at the Savannah Country Day School, Class of 1974. Anthony was a gentle soul.

- Blair Mathies, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Sad to see that Anthony has passed away. Have known him since he was a young boy. Many great memories with him and his mom and dad. What a great golfing family we had. Julie, sorry that Carolyn and I can’t be with you during this time but know you are in our prayers. May dear Anthony rest in peace and God Bless you all.

- Bob White, Greensboro , Ga

AC was one of a kind. I have fond memories of his big smile and kind heart. I remember staying at his parent’s home in 1979 for St. Patrick’s Day. He left a wonderful legacy. My prayers are with Julie and the children.

- Bob Cheeley, Johns Creek, Georgia

In the two years of knowing Anthony and Julie, I witnessed a beautiful love story. Anthony always so kind, gracious and thankful. Julie, totally devoted and loving to her partner. My sincere condolences and love to the family.

- Debbie Rittmeyer, Roswell, GA

Rest in peace, AC. May your memory be a blessing to your family and friends.

- Tony Center, Savannah, GA

Julie - I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Cook’s passing. He will be missed in so many communities (Dental, SGC, UGA, etc.). It’s been a complete pleasure knowing him in each of those environments. Unfortunately, I am out of town and can’t attend tomorrow,, but know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Jacob Sigmon, Savannah , Georgia

I remember Anthony’s gentle manner and warm smile. My condolences, Julie.

- Shan Saunders, Annapolis , Md

Anthony and I attended elementary school together at Hancock Day School. He was always kind and fun. Anthony's mother also taught at Hancock. Even though I was young, I was always struck with and remembered how very proud his mother was of Anthony. Know thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

- Wendy Hester Ciccodicola, Cranbury, NJ

I am so sorry for your loss. Anthony was a good man, a classmate, and my dentist for many years.

- Russell Grosse , Tybee Island, GA

What wonderful memories come to mind when I think about Anthony. Always a good friend to all and a loving son, father and husband to his family. He was a true professional who loved his work and an absolute DAWG when it came to facing adversity. Grace was his natural gift, and he gave everything he had to all he touched in his short, sweet life. He could create a smile just by being in the same room with you. He will be missed but not forgotten.

- Robert Rollings, Blairsville, GA

So saddened to learn of Anthony’s passing. His beautiful obituary tells the story of a wonderful life - well lived and well loved - in the years since we were classmates forever ago at Country Day. Sending prayers to family and friends.

- Ellen Glasser (Rollings), Atlantic Beach, FL

Julie, I am so sad to hear of Anthony’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our years on Dutch Island and your many kindnesses. Hugs to you and your family.

- Diane Rice, Charleston , SC

I’m so sorry to hear of Anthony’s death. I worked for him many years ago as his dental assistant. He was a very sweet, kind man. I know he will certainly be missed. God bless his family.

- Pat Bolton, Savannah, Ga

Dear Cook family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories through my friendship with Travis. Having the Cook family at our college house for game day weekends at UGA comes to mind. Dr. Cook was a ray of positivity and was apart of the close nit dental community with my father. He will be missed and my love and thoughts are with Travis, Lexi and Mrs. Cook.

- Dickinson, Savannah , Georgie

Anthony was a true disciple of Christ, Giving and treating everyone one with gentleness and kindness. His smile was a reflection of his soul, radiating a spirit of joy. God keep you in the palms of His hand.

- Setona Barbara, Savannah , Georgia

Julie, I am saddened to hear the news about Anthony. He was a friend that offered to help me with anything, anytime! I especially remember years ago when a group of us jumped off a dock in the Moon River just because we could! Humor aside, Dentistry in Savannah just lost a true professional, and the world lost a southern gentleman! Kelly and I pray for peace for you and your children!

- David M Thomas, Savannah, GA

Julie & Family, I was so sorry to learn yesterday morning of his passing into spirit. I knew him through Rotary Club. As a new member, I always appreciated his warm and welcoming manner, his thoughtful; approach to things, and his good sense of humor. We shared one major life challenge: I, too, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, five years ago. After a month's stay At St. Joseph's Hospital, I had to learn how to walk again. I was left with some residual left-side weakness, but was eventually able to resume a mostly-normal life and return to work, and Rotary. Anthony had slightly different challenges, but he always seemed to work through those difficulties with grace and good humor. I admired him tremendously for that. Savannah is lucky he made his home here, and I am lucky to have known him the little bit that I did. Heaven has gained another angel. Sincerely, Rafe Semmes Savannah South Rotary Club

- Rafe Semmes, Midway, GA

Anthony was my next door neighbor from the time I was 7 years old and he was 11. I have very fond memories of him, playing games, and listening to music. He was like a big brother I never had. May he rest in peace.

- Melissa Lamas Calzada, Fernandina Beach, FL

Julie, So sorry for your loss. I remember spending time with you and Anthony many years ago when you first met him and thinking what a kind and warm person he was and so perfect for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Debbie Andrew Strom, Canton, GA

I’m sorry to learn of Dr Cook’s passing. Such a good kind and gentle man with the most beautiful smile. I’ll remember him for being a very good dentist and for the love he had for his family.

- Mary Anne Hobe, Tybee Island, GA

So sorry to hear of Anthony's passing. Condolences to all of the family. We have many memories of time spent with Anthony and Julie. He was a wonderful, kind, and generous man. He will be missed by his family and his many friends and acquaintances.

- Carol and Mike Lawrence, Macon, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200

  • A private burial will be held