Raymond Cooper, 85, of LaFollette, died Nov. 17, following an extended illness.
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He was a very loving husband of 66 years, a loving father, grandfather and great-great grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends 'never meeting a stranger.'
Raymond was a passionate outdoors person who enjoyed gardening and working with wood. He was a member of Grantsboro Baptist Church and a life-long member of the Grantsboro community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W. P. and Margaret Grant Cooper; brothers, Kermit, Clifford, James, Vaughn, Roscoe and Billy Cooper; sisters, Phyllis Landrum, Delsie Fay Dagley and twin sister Ruth Cook.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Peggy Cooper of LaFollette; sons, David S. Cooper and wife, Rose, and Dale Alan Cooper and wife Charley, of Knoxville; daughter, Donna Kavanaugh and husband Russell, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; brother, Donald R. Cooper and wife, Bernice of LaFollette; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 21, at the Martin Wilson Chapel. Funeral services will be at noon on Nov. 22 in Grantsboro Baptist Church with the Rev. David Goins officiating.
Interment at the Grantsboro Cemetery will follow the service.
Martin Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Nov. 21, 2013