Jacob Alexander Cooks, born April 22, 2005, passed away at the age of 17 years old on July 21, 2022. He was a humorous and loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He is survived by his mother, Elisa Cuff, his brothers James Cooks, Johnathan Nickerson, and Alan-Michael Nickerson, his sisters, Layla Nickerson, Alexandra, and Daniela, and his pet turtles. He leaves behind far too many friends to list. Jake, as he was called by close family and friends, was known for his enormous heart, always protecting the ones he loved, and an outgoing person and was always the life of the party. Jake enjoyed playing PlayStation, listening to music, playing basketball, fishing, and taking pictures. Though he left this world far too soon, he has left his mark on this earth and will be missed dearly.
My Jacob lived his life on his terms, he always had to be the center of attention. People flocked to him, he also thought he was a woman magnet. He loved taking pictures of himself and making funny faces. He did not conform to social “norms.” He is a loving free spirit who lived in the present, and on his terms, he gets the stubbornness from me, I guess. He could enter a room and brighten it with his smile, his attitude, or just his presence. He had "it." He made friends so easily and was true to each one of them. He supported them, guided them and made them happy. He made me happy. If you knew Jacob, then you knew he was always about his MOM. He knew how to get what he wanted from the day he was born. He was always a clown with a loving kind spirit. Loved animals especially turtles and fishing. He would be the only one or the 1st to catch a fish every time. He cared so much about his siblings, they could be fighting one minute and hugging the next. My Jacob, my baby boy will be deeply missed but I know he will always be with us. For now, he's with "Nane" and I know he is in peace.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City, FL. A second visitation will be held on July 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at 2480 N 10th St, Haines City, FL, followed by a funeral service to his final resting place at Oakland Cemetery in Haines City, FL. Family and friends are welcomed to gather for food and drinks immediately after the Service. Please wear red to show your love and support since red was Jacobs favorite color.
Tributes from siblings,
Dear Jacob, God could’ve never prepared me for this, the pain the guilt, the sadness and the anger that I feel. There are no words in existence that can explain the pain that I feel every second. Knowing that you’re not going to walk into my room and just sit down and talk with me. I don’t regret a single argument or fight we ever had because it only made us love each other more. There’s not a person on this earth that feels the way that I feel or that loved you more than I did except Mom. For 17 years you were my brother and best friend and will always be. There was no one that could make me happy in an instant except you Jake. When you died you took half of me with you because like we always knew and said you are my twin, my other 50%, my little brother. God knew your heart was too pure for this evil world, so he wanted you to go and enjoy paradise. Just how you always liked to be Jacob. You know I’m not the best with words, but you live inside of me, and you know every thought that I think, and you know exactly how much I love you and miss you. Even though God called you home I’ll never let your life be forgotten. I Love you with my soul Jake.
From Alan-Michael... I’ll always remember you baby brother, the love and happiness you brought us each day will always live on. I love you, Jacob!
Jacob was the little brother that got on your nerves but was always there when someone wanted to laugh or needed a hug. After coming home from college all the time he would be the first I’d run to for a hug. “Jakey” I’d say waking him up and he would open his arms wide half asleep and just hold me. He was not letting me go until I said I had to unpack. Like any other siblings we loved each other very much and would do anything for one another. Watching him grow up and seeing how much he has impacted our lives was a blessing in disguise. I know he is watching over us now and he is watching over mom. Jacob was always wanting advice about girls and what he should do. I tried helping him all the time. He just had so many girl problems I got lost. Jacob was the first one to jump up and be ready to go somewhere, whether it was to the store, or to take me to college he was going with us everywhere. He was caring, funny, full of pure life. Now he’s jumping on beds and running around wherever he can in heaven. We miss you Jacob and we know you are watching us from above with Elaine.
Signed Layla Nickerson
Words can’t describe how much we miss you already. I can’t tell u how many nights that I would wake up hoping that it’s just a nightmare. I never expected that you would be gone so soon. It hurts that I’m even writing this right now. You were funny, carefree, and most of all you were my little brother. No matter how much we fought or argued, I will always love you no matter what. I love you, Jake.
To my big brother Jacob, I will forever remember you and what you taught me. Thank you for helping me, teaching me to be brave and protecting me. Teaching me that family is the most important in life. For being funny and taking me to the park and I will miss all the times your teased and picked on me. I know you were just trying to toughen me up and I love you for caring so much about me. I promise I will never forget you and will take care of Mom for you. Love you forever and always, your baby Sister, Daniela