James P. "Paul" Cooper Battle Creek James P. "Paul" Cooper, 63, of Battle Creek, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at his home. Paul was born on February 20, 1950, in Pikeville, TN, the son of Ulys Clarence and Mary Ann (Goforth) Cooper. He came to Battle Creek in 1950 and attended Springfield High School. He moved to Toronto, Canada after high school where he continued his theatrical and musical career. He was the co-founder of the A cappella group called "The Nylons" which toured all over the world and received many awards including gold and platinum albums. Several years ago Paul came home to Battle Creek to be closer to his family. He was the director, producer and choreographer for "Three Men and a Tenor" a group that was featured on PBS. Paul was also a member and director of a Lansing-area group known as "The Doo Wops". He also served as director of the Battle Creek Barbershop Choir. Paul was an animal lover and enjoyed gardening. Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Franklin Cooper and his sister Virginia "Ginny" Gibbs. Paul is survived by his sisters Dorothy (Charles) Genoe, Brenda (Shan) Collette and Carol (Kent) Harms all of Battle Creek. He also leaves his special nieces and nephews. Paul had many lifelong friends in Canada and very special friends Bill and Linda Demmer of Lansing, MI. Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:00am Thursday, January 2, 2014 at First Wesleyan Church with funeral services beginning at 11:00am. Memorial contributions may be given to Paul's family in care of Dorothy Genoe. Arrangements are by Royal Funeral Home.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 31, 2013.