NORTHPORT Charles E. Cooper, age 83, of Northport, died April 14, 2013, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 3 p.m. today at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Ken Cheek and Bro. Victor Bonner officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by parents, Willie Dee and Amy Jewel Cooper; brothers, Sherman and James Henry Cooper; and his in-laws, Elmer and Vera Barrett.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Josephine Cooper; daughter, Connie Cooper Taylor (Bill); sons, Charles "Ed" Cooper Jr. (Teresa) and Larry Cooper; grandchildren, Andrew and Courtney Taylor, Kayla Cooper Bagwell (Zack), Ty Barrett Cooper, and Blade Cooper; sisters, Willie Jewel Crawford and Mary Falls; brother-in-law, Dennis Barrett (Joyce); sisters-in-law, Kathy Akin (Tony) and Faye Cooper Hydrick (Frank); and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Taylor, Courtney Taylor, Blade Cooper, Ty Cooper, Zack Bagwell, and Kory Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers are Tuscaloosa Chapter 1 of the Disabled American Veterans, former friends and neighbors of Elm Drive and 5th Street Northeast in Holt, current neighbors of Shirley Farms in Northport, Hopewell Baptist Church members, Hospice of West Alabama, DCH 7th Floor North staff, Dr. Jeanne Lipscomb, and the many friends and family who have supported us during this difficult time.
Charles was born on November 21, 1929, to Willie Dee and Amy Jewel Cooper, and was raised in the Alberta City area where he spent his youth walking the railroad tracks and roaming the outdoors with his brothers. As a young man he enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle everywhere he went; he rode all over the United States coast to coast and was a member of the 100,000 Mile Club. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army
and was a bronze star
recipient in the Korean War
, 101st Airborne Division-The Screaming Eagles. After returning home he went to work at Central Foundry and then met and married Josephine Barrett on April 26, 1958. Together they raised their three children in Holt and were longtime members of Hopewell Baptist Church. Always an avid outdoorsman, he greatly enjoyed quail, duck, and turkey hunting, as well as years of training champion upland bird hunting dogs and water retrievers. As much as he loved these things, his greatest joy was the time he spent sharing them with his kids and grandkids. He was a selective breeder and his bloodline of dogs continues today. For 83 years he was a soldier, a hunter, our handyman, a wonderful husband, father, pawpaw, and always a hero to his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404; or Hopewell Baptist Church, 3800 University Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.