In Memory of



Obituary for Adrian Cooksey

COOKSEY, ADRIAN, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2023. He was born on October 16, 1935 in Owensboro, KY to Blemmer and Amanda (Quiggins) Cooksey, the fourth oldest of what would eventually be twelve children. He attended Horse Branch H.S. in Olaton, KY where, in 1953, he was named to the All-State Honorable Mention Basketball team and from where, in 1954, he graduated; in 1961, he graduated from the University of Louisville. For the next 50 years, he taught and he coached.
He taught history, social studies, economics, civics, and during many summers, P.E., both at Durrett H.S. and at Seneca H.S., retiring from full-time teaching in 1996 but continuing part-time for about 13 more years and then even, briefly, serving as a substitute until 2012. He taught Sunday School to children and to those same children later as teens at his church home of 53 years, Deer Park Baptist. He coached high school track, golf, and cross country, although his deepest coaching passion was reserved for Durrett’s basketball program, which he led through many successful seasons from 1966 until Durrett closed in 1981. Still, he coached more after that: Highland’s M.S. boys’ basketball team for two seasons and church basketball and years of Little League baseball and softball, recreational soccer and, of course, rec basketball and for those lucky enough to have experienced his summer P.E. class, he coached his own invention, “sock ball.” He taught and coached with skill and an ironic, genuinely funny sense of humor, which made him highly-regarded and well-liked.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis Tandy Cooksey, and is survived by his two children, Noah Cooksey (Mary) and Sarah Villarreal (George); four grandchildren, Hannah, Isaiah, and Simon Cooksey, and Jill Villarreal; four brothers, Harold, Paul, Gerald, and Dale; many nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Jeanie Fridell; all of whom will miss his kindness, humor, and a love that expressed itself most clearly in, without fail, being there for everything and through everything, good and bad. We thank God for his life, and in that we know we’re not alone.
Visitation will be held at Highlands Funeral Home (3331 Taylorsville Road, 40205) on Friday, June 9 from 5 – 8 p.m. His funeral will be held the next day, Saturday, at Highlands Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with visitation preceding the service from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Burial follows at Resthaven Cemetery at 11 a.m.