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Longtime Vero Beach estate planning attorney Byron 'B.T.' Cooksey has died

February 6, 2014

By Lamaur Stancil, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.

Feb. 06 -- VERO BEACH -- A longtime estate planning attorney died Tuesday, according to the firm he founded more than 50 years ago. The passion for his work kept Byron "B.T." Cooksey , who was 87, at work until a year ago, said staff at Gould Cooksey Fennell in Vero Beach . Although he was retired, he occasionally returned to the office to help with cases. "He cared for his customers and the practice," said Andrea Smith , marketing coordinator for the firm. "He still wanted to help in any way he could." Cooksey founded the firm with the late John Gould and the late Darrell Fennell , Smith said. "(Cooksey) was an old school, hard-working, southern gentleman," Smith said. "He was very professional and loved his community." Staff members also remember him for his interest in collecting art -- some of which can be found in the lobby of the office at 979 Beachland Blvd. -- and local postcards. Cooksey wasn't just dedicated to the firm for 50 years. He and his wife, Jacqueline Parks Cooksey , celebrated their golden anniversary in 2010. The couple had three children and several grandchildren. Cooksey graduated from the University of Florida College of Arts and Science in 1950 and its College of Law in 1955, according to the firm's website. He served in both the Navy and the Army . A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church , Vero Beach . This will be followed by a private interment at Crestlawn Cemetery . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cooksey's memory to the charity of one's choice. ___ (c)2014 the Treasure Coast Newspapers (Stuart, Fla.) Visit the Treasure Coast Newspapers (Stuart, Fla.) at www.tcpalm.com Distributed by MCT Information Services


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