Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper

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Graveside services for Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper age 54 of Tacoma, WA will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Leaston Cooper, Sr. Cemetery in Leslie, Georgia with Rev. George F. Monts officiating.

Carlton Jerome Cooper “Coop” was born December 30, 1959 in Americus, Georgia to the parentage of Mrs. Minnie Gooden Cooper (Tacoma, WA) and the late Mr. Joe Roney Cooper.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents the late Mr. Willie B. Gooden, Sr. the late Mae Bertha Sims Gooden, the late Mr. Leaston S. Cooper, Sr., and the late Mrs. Elenora Westbrooks Cooper.

“Coop” was educated in the Pierce County School System (Tacoma, WA), graduating from Lincoln High School in 1977.  He furthered his education by attending Grambling State University.  While attending Grambling, he received numerous awards and honors for academic achievements and excellence.  He graduated with Honors in 1982 and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education.  He was employed with the Fife School District for 26 years as an educator and coach.  He was a man of pure knowledge and wisdom.  If ever there was something that could not be done, his motto for life was to “Make the Impossible Possible”.  As an educator and coach, he impacted the lives of his students, parents, and co-workers.  Although he is absent from the body, the memories of his determination, humbleness and silent demeanor will live on in the many lives he touched. 


On Friday, September 05, 2014, God sent forth his angels to claim his son, and just like “Coop” he quietly slipped away home.  His legacy of love will continue in the lives of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Cooper, Tacoma, WA; one sister, Reva Wright (Nathaniel), Vera Beach, FL;  His aunts and uncles: Eugene Goodin (Jeanette), Americus, GA, Mr. Willie (Millicent) Gooden, Springfield, VA, Mrs. Nadene (John) King, Smithville, GA, Mrs. Vera (Arrie) Arney, Dallas, GA, Mrs. Irene Cooper Rutherford, Americus, GA, Mrs. Barbara Linnear, Mrs. Eartha (Johnny)  Robertson, Augusta, GA, Mrs. Rena Cooper, Atlanta, GA,  Mrs. Delorn Cooper, Mrs. Carolyn Cooper, Mr. Willie Cooper, Sr., Mr. Eddie Lee (Effie) Cooper, Leslie, GA, Mr. Tony (Amanda) Cooper, Americus, GA, Mr. Royzelle (Shirley) Cooper, Vienna, GA, Mr. Thomas (Angellete) Cooper, Fayetteville, NC, Mr. Reubin (Vivian) Cooper, Miami, FL Devoted Cousins: Mr. Johnny Terry, Jr., Corning, New York, Mrs. Veronica (Quan) Arline, Americus, GA, Mrs. Stephanie (Moises) Pulido, Springfield, VA, Mr. Wayne Gooden, Ms. Sonya Gooden all of Springfield, VA, Ms. Theresa Goodin and Ms. Vonda Goodin, Smithville, GA, Mrs. Nettie (Kenny) Hall,  and Mr. Eddie (Gwen) Wright, Americus, GA and a host of other relatives also survive.  In addition, he leaves his legacy of love, inspiration, commitment and determination to his loving, warm, affectionate and caring adoptive family of Fife: Mr. Jeff Nelson, Mr. Kirk Dodge, Mr. & Mrs. Ray (Lois) Vankat, Mr. Joe Storholt, Ms. Carol Bradley, Mr. Mark Robinson, Mr. Dave Hockman, Ms. Sue Waters, Mr. Kent Nevin, and the multitude of students whose lives he impacted.  





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Mary Brain Frank United States
9/25/2014 2:31:46 PM #

Miss you. MKFrank


Jeff Nelson United States
9/25/2014 2:51:32 PM #

To all of our dear friend's family in Georgia and beyond: please know that our hearts and prayers are with you as you grieve.  Many of us have had the privilege of working with Coop, as we knew him, for over 25 years.  That length of time wasn't necessary for anyone--student, athlete, or adult--to get to know Coop and come to love and respect him.  I can tell you that his profound influence on literally thousands of young people's lives will last for generations. I was proud to call Coop my friend and colleague.  His legacy of being a good, caring, hard working, and decent man has been well secured.  We will miss him every day.
We pray peace for his family and friends, and know that he is safely home.


Ashley (Allan) United States
9/25/2014 6:13:27 PM #

I will never forget the impact Coop had on us as students at SLMS, teaching respect and hard work all the way through Fife High as athletes, students and graduates. He will be missed by our entire community. So sorry for your loss.
Ashley Fuchs


John C. West United States
9/26/2014 5:57:27 AM #

Great man, teacher and coach. While we are saddened he no longer walks among us, we are thankful for his love and dedication to his calling  His legacy lives on in generations of youth in our community. Thank you Coop!


Zoe Ezell United States
9/26/2014 4:40:47 PM #

I miss and love you so much Coop.


M.J. Garlick United States
9/26/2014 9:42:03 PM #

An excellen teacher and wonderful guy. Enjoyed working with you and respect how you worked with kids in the classroom and on the field. Thanks.  M.J.


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