Calvin Crump Cooper
The Reverend Calvin Crump Cooper, age 90, went home to be with his Lord on August 18, 2014 after a brief illness.
Reverend Cooper was the Associate Pastor of Grassland Heights Baptist Church in Franklin, TN from 1994 to the present.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Hogan Cooper; his father and mother, F.M. and Frances Cooper of Memphis, TN; his brother, James Cooper and his sister, Evelyn Cooper.
Calvin graduated from Central High School in 1942 in Memphis, TN and joined the Army Air Corps in January 1943. He served as a navigator and radar operator on a P-61 night fighter in WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946, graduated from Union University, Jackson, TN in 1949 and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA in 1952. On December 31, 1947 Brother Cal was ordained into the Ministry of the Gospel by Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, TN. From 1947 to 1954, he planted and pastored churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1954, he entered the Air Force Chaplain Corps where he served for 23 years, retiring as a full Colonel. In retirement, he earned his Doctor of Education Degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He then served as Chaplain of Addiction Treatment programs at Alvin C. York and Middle Tennessee Medical Center of Murfreesboro for 15 years.
Reverend Cooper is survived by his wife, Shirley L. Cooper of Franklin, TN; daughters, Kathleen Camp of Allen, TX, Glenda Hamilton of St. Joseph, MO and Sharon Knutter of Nashville, TN; son, Timothy C. Cooper of Campbell, TX; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Cooper of Franklin, TN.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Grassland Heights Baptist Church, 2316 Hillsboro Rd., Franklin, TN 37069. Pastor Rusty Trotter & Pastor Ivan Raley officiating. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park in St. Joseph, MO. Memorials may be made to Grassland Heights Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, (615) 794-2289; www.williamsonmemorial.com
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3009 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064
Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 20, 2014