Nauvoo resident dies in mining accident

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Nauvoo resident Micky Cook, 38, passed away on Tuesday following an on-site accident at the Little Spring Creek Mine in Curry.

Coroner Joey Vick reported the accident occurred at 2 p.m. on Tuesday when a highwall fell on top of Cook. Vick pronounced Cook dead at 5:45 p.m.

Cook attended First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill and was a close friend of pastor Scott McCullar as well as several other members of the congregation.

McCullar described Cook as a loving husband and father, whose easy-going and playful manner earned him numerous friends and close acquaintances.

"Micky was a wonderful father who loved his two sons, Connor and Cooper — and his wife, Amy, all of whom our church family are heartbroken for," McCullar said. "He was a family man who worked six days a week as long as he could in order to support them. To Micky, family was everything. He was a believer in Jesus Christ and had an extended family who stuck close — they're sticking close now through this tragedy.

"He was a friend of everyone at our church. He loved good-natured teasing — as a big Alabama fan, opposing fans always could count on being at the end of one of his jokes. Everyone loved him. Micky believed that no one was promised a tomorrow and no one lives out a date, to hug your family, forgive people, don't hold grudges and major in the majors, not the minors."

The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 14 at First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill, with funeral services following at 1 p.m. with McCullar officiating. Burial will be at Bevans Chapel.