Funeral services were conducted Sunday for Earl A. Cookingham, 57, Pine Plains resident, who died Friday of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The services were held at the Peck and Peck Funeral home, Pine Plains at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Harlan Scott, minister of the Pine Plains Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in the Stanfordville cemetery. Mr. Cookingham had been a resident of Pine Plains for a number of years, and was emplyed by the H. J. Smith Market. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Charles Cookingham, Pine Plains two daughters, Mrs. Donald Scott and Mrs. Larry Galambos, Poughkeepsie a sister Mrs. Ida Hoffman, Pine Plains three brothers, Russell Cookingham, Long Island City, Bevin Cookingham, Amenia and Harold Cookingham, Pulvers Corners, and three grandchildren, Donna Marie and Dolores Mary Scott and Larry Joseph Galambos. Mr. Cookingham had been reported missing when he did not return to his work on Tuesday. State troopers had been notified. John L. Bosch discovered the body near the Sportmen's Club, West Church St. Friday about 1 p.m. and notifed Pine Plains Constable Simmons. Mr. Bosch had gone to the clubhouse to get a ladder belonging to him. Mr. Cookingham probably took his life Thursday night.
The Register-Herald April 28, 1955