Cooksey’s leaves long legacy of serving area

From Staff, Submitted Reports

Cooksey’s Feed & Seed and Amoco service station was a staple in Eupora for more than 40 years before closing.

While no longer open, the business at the northeast corner of highways 182 and 9 leaves a legacy of decades of service to the public.

Charles W. Cooksey and wife Linda began operating Cooksey’s Amoco service station Jan. 7,1965, when they purchased the business from Charles’ brother, Homer Cooksey. Homer had purchased the service station from J. Lowell White on Oct. 8, 1964.

Charles Cooksey owned and operated the business until Dec 1, 1965, when he sold to Jimmy R. Caffey. Three months later, Charles purchased back from Caffey as he wasn’t happy with a factory job.

Charles and Linda enjoyed working with people in the business and decided to expand. On Jan. 31, 1974, they purchased a lot adjoining the service station — it was known as Child’s Feed Store. They became Cooksey’s Feed & Seed and Amoco Station. The service station property was purchased from Henson Oil Co. of Ackerman on Jan. 3, 1977.

On March 10, 1979, lots across Highway 9 west of the store were purchased from J.C. Gammill to be used as a bulk fertilizer warehouse. The business was operated until 1984 using the old Child’s Feed Store building as Cooksey’s Feed & Seed, and the original two- story Amoco service station.

Cooksey’s was a successful business as opportunities had been in the owners’ favor to purchase these properties for the expansion. During 1984, a small parcel of property on the east side of the station was purchased from Mattie Lamb, making possible a new building for combining the Feed & Seed and Amoco Station.

Charles began constructing the building as his own contractor in December 1984. The new building was constructed within a few feet of the old service station and business was never closed to the public during the transition opening in January 1986 as Cooksey’s Feed & Seed and Amoco Station.

Oswalt and Son Construction added another expansion to the tire shop in January 1997. Again the Cookseys were able to purchase the adjoining property to the east of the store from the Lamb family. This enlarged the shop to a four-bay facility and the total floor space to 10,000 square feet.

Charles and Linda Cooksey continued to have a flourishing business serving the public with gasoline, tires and auto maintenance, farm and garden supplies, animal feed and much more. This was possible by many hours of hard work and serving the public of Webster County and surrounding areas.

Charles and Linda worked together in the business until December 2002, when Charles went to his heavenly home. Linda continued to operate Cooksey’s. After being married to Kenny Holland January 2011 and working at Cooksey’s 46-plus years, she retired Oct 8, 2011.

Charles and Linda gave credit for their success to trusting in God, having loyal employees and customers who patronized Cooksey’s through the years.