Who is Jeff Cook’s wife? All about Lisa Williams

Jeff Cook, one of the founding members of the country band Alabama, passed away in November 2022 in his vacation home in Destin, Florida. As part of Alabama, Jeff sold 80 million albums and produced 43 No. 1 hits. Alabama won two Grammy trophies in the early 80s for best country performance by a duo or group. The band’s statement read:

“Cook is credited for introducing the electric double neck guitar to country music. He was also an accomplished musician with the ability to play piano, guitar, fiddle, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin and anything else thrown in front of him.”

Jeff Cook met his wife, Lisa Williams, as she worked as a flight attendant on a Delta Airlines flight. The couple married on 9th June 1995 and lived in ‘Cook Castle’ atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama. 

The band’s statement revealed that Jeff died surrounded by friends and family, including Lisa. Williams lived a secretive life, avoiding the spotlight that constantly shone on Jeff. 

She helped Jeff deal with Parkinson’s disease, which forced his early retirement from music. Cook kept his diagnosis a secret for years. He opened up about it after it started affecting his ability to perform. Cook said:

“I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end. Let me say, I’m not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal.”

Jeff left behind his wife, mother, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He and Lisa didn’t have children. 

The Jeff and Lisa Cook Foundation’s website has photos of Jeff’s final years alongside his wife. He looks frail but happy alongside the love of his life. The pair formed the foundation in 2021. It’s about page reads:

“While we are fully aware of the journey, too often we face how it can take a toll on caregivers. We want to help educate and give comfort to those who give so much of themselves. It is Jeff and Lisa’s desire to assist and encourage as many people as possible. So we all can live with ‘No Bad Days.’”