Kelly Gene Cook, Sr., was born in 1930 in French Camp, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Mr. Cook was a pipeliner for more than three decades. He joined Houston Contracting Company in 1956 and became vice president and general manager for domestic and foreign operations in 1971. In this capacity, he dealt with pipelines throughout the Middle East, Brazil, Trinidad, Ecuador, and Nigeria. In 1976, he and a partner formed Gregory & Cook, Inc., a pipeline contracting firm in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Cook was active in the industry associations, serving on the boards of the International Pipeline Contractors Association and the American Pipeline Contractors Association.
In 1986, Mr. Cook and his wife, Peggy, formed the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Foundation primarily provides funds to support religious, charitable, scientific, and educational organizations
in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Mr. Cook died on November 27, 1989.