There have been several inquiries as to the date and location of a memorial service for Fife School District coach and teacher C.J. Cooper, who passed away on Sept. 5. While no date has been set, his family in Georgia is planning on making the trip out here soon, at which time there will be a memorial for Cooper’s Fife and Tacoma loved ones. We will publish the information as soon as plans have been confirmed.
Meanwhile, Cooper was laid to rest on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Leslie, Ga., just a short drive outside of his hometown of Americus, Ga.
Below is Cooper’s obituary from his hometown.
Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper
Graveside services for Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper, age 54 of Tacoma, Wash. will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Leaston Cooper, Sr. Cemetery in Leslie, Ga. with Rev. George F. Monts officiating.
Carlton Jerome Cooper “Coop” was born Dec. 30, 1959 in Americus, Ga. to the parentage of Mrs. Minnie Gooden Cooper (Tacoma, Wash.) 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, Wash.), 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, Sept. 5, 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, Wash.; one sister, Reva Wright (Nathaniel), Vera Beach, Fla.; 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, N.C., Mr. Reubin (Vivian) Cooper, Miami, Fla.; Devoted Cousins: Mr. Johnny Terry, Jr., Corning, N.Y., 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.