Service to Mankind Winner Alex Cooks Passes Away


Following is from the family of Alex Cooks, a previous recipient of our Service to Mankind Award:

It is with great sorrow that Alex’s Southern Style BBQ announces the tragic loss of Alex Cooks Sr. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Cooks has been a pillar in the Tampa community since he founded Alex’s Southern Style BBQ with his business partner, James “Jimbo” Coates in 1994. Located at 5362 W. Village Drive, Cooks has been serving BBQ slow cooked over a wood burning fire pit to the Carrollwood, Northdale and Citrus Park neighborhoods for over 20 years. Although Cooks was secretive about his renowned sauce outside of the family, all of his sons were actively involved in the restaurant and his second oldest, Jorden Cooks, is currently involved in the day-to-day operations of the business. In the fall of 1999, Cooks started what would become Alex’s Xmas for Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit which provides bikes for under-privileged children on Christmas Day. To date, over 20,000 new bicycles have been donated to children in the Tampa area through his charity. An organ donor, Cooks’ legacy will live on by saving others. Cooks is survived by his wife, Aimee, and his four sons, Alex Jr., Jorden, Chazz, Dwayne and grandson Jorden Jr. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Alex’s Xmas for Kids. To make a donation please visit Kids/ Community page.

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