Melissa Ann “Mrs. K.C.” Kirkland-Cook, of Vonore and Latta, S.C., passed away on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2019, at home in Vonore. She was a graduate of Vonore High School Class of 1978, attended Hiwassee College, and was a graduate of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. She taught at Latta High School in Latta, S.C., and at many other schools during her teaching career.

She was 58 years old.

Preceded in death by: her parents, Jimmie H. and Vina Sue Kirkland; brother, Marty A. Kirkland; grandparents, Verbal and Anna Mae Steele, W.A. and Mollie Kirkland.

Survivors include: her husband, Marshall Craig Cook;

Nephews and nieces, Cody and Samantha Kirkland, Becky and Eric Duncil;

Great-nieces, Destiny, Alexis and Carleigh Duncil, Peyton Kirkland;

Several aunts, uncles and cousins;

Her sister and brother-in-love, Annette Kirkland and Mike Kiser;

Special friends, Trudy Hughes, Valerie Hyatt, Sarah Gough, Becky Gaddy.

She will be greatly loved and missed by all her students of the past 33 years, and the 2018 Vonore Junior Cheerleaders.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. in Biereley-Hale Chapel, the Rev. Jim Manis and Brandon Newton will speak.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P. O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.