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Charles E. "Charlie" Cooper

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COOPER, CHARLES E. "CHARLIE," 85, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2013.

Charlie was born in Louisville, KY, to the late Charles A. Cooper and Marie G. Forbes Cooper. He was a devoted and loving husband for 57 years to the late Martha Adele Sandman Cooper. Charlie went to school at St. Colombo and Flaget High School. He was part of the team that won the City Golf Championship in 1945. With the help of the GI Bill he graduated from the University of Louisville. His love of the English word prompted him to publish stories for the University of Louisville newspaper.

Charlie was a retired Real Estate Broker. He began his career as a homebuilder with the help of his dad and brother. They built homes in the Houston Acres subdivision. He then went on to build houses in Brownsboro Estates when Hwy. 22 was still farmland. His greatest pride was the assembly of many properties for Jacobs Visconsi, including the Jefferson Mall on the Outer Loop. He sold over 27 truck terminals in his career; also serving as an advisor to Waste Management Company. Charlie was an honored member of the Board of Realtors for over 50 years. Another passion was golfing. Charlie played rounds in Gitmo, Cuba while in the US Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Carrier Princeton and the USS Bennington.

Charlie was a great friend with a contagious laugh. He spent numerous hours on Lake Cumberland with his best friends Paul McDonogh and the late Henry Willenbrink (Willie). The late Henry Mann was his trusted friend and advisor. The Fisher boys, Bob Goodman, Jim Corbett, and Jack Ransdell from Flaget, were his early running buds in Portland. He loved a yearly beach vacation for 22 years with his extended Kokalis family. He was a gentle respectful soul who served as an example for his three children.

He is preceded in death by his sons, Charles Dana Cooper and Anthony Cooper; and a daughter, Debra Kay Cooper.

He leaves wonderful memories with his daughters, Katherine C. Kokalis (Paul) and Suzy Cooper (Dave); brother, Paul Cooper (Marianne); sisters, Dorothy C. Wheatley (Ed) and Marie Alice Cooper; daughter-in-law, Margaret Cooper; grandchildren, Johnnie Morris (Veronica), Kristen Cooper-Durr, Lyndsey Kessinger (Patrick) and James Kokalis; and great-grandchildren, Jade Morris, Jacob Durr, Brenden Durr, Ava Morris and Nathan Kessinger.

There will be a memorial celebration or his life at Rattermans, 3711 Lexington Road "in St. Matthews" on Friday from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.. A service will be the following day at 10:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.

The family will be forever grateful to Dr. Jane Cornett, Angie Etheridge, Dr. Esther Costel, Dr. Stephen Makk, Rosie, Denise, and memory care at Episcopal Church Home for their tender care.

Memorial donations in Charlies's memory my be made to the Alzheimers.org Kentucky Chapter.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 28, 2013
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