Willie Mark Cooper, Sr.,
86, beloved husband of Lessie B. Goins Cooper, went home to be with the
Lord Thursday, October 6, 2016 at his residence.
Mr. Cooper was born the
son of Easmon Cooper and Beatrice Blakely Cooper on November 11, 1929 in
Creedmoor, NC. In 1968, after 20 years of faithful service to our
great Nation, Staff Sarggent Cooper retired from United States Air Force
having served in Japan, Korea, (Okinawa), Taiwan, and North Africa.
He was a former security guard for the Veteran’s Hospital in Miami, FL.
In 1969, Willie Cooper committed his life and heart to a greater nation
– the Kingdom of God. This trained soldier received Christ as his
Savior beginning his labors at the First Church of the Nazarene of Homestead,
FL. In 1976, the Cooper family moved to Georgetown, SC, and Mr. Cooper
continued his ministry in the First Church of the Nazarene of Georgetown
serving as a Sunday School Superintendent and a Church Board member.
In 1991, the Coopers moved their ministry to the Cornerstone Baptist Church
and he was again utilized as the gifted teacher he was anointed to be serving
in the Adult Sunday School. He enjoyed traveling and camping. Mr.
Cooper’s greatest accomplishment and lasting legacy is found in his love
as a devoted husband, a loving father, a cherished grandfather, a caring
brother, and a loyal friend.
Willie and Lessie were married
on December 18, 1956 and celebrated 59 years together. Their
home was blessed with: five children, Terry Kirton, Deborah Jones
of Selma, AL, Anthony (Jennifer) Cooper of Youngsville, NC, Willie Mark
(Alicia) Cooper, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA, and Tanya (William) McCall
of Georgetown; eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He also leaves behind: three brothers, Junior Cooper, Sammy Cooper,
Everette Cooper; three sisters, Dorothy Bryant, Connie Todd, and Betty
Ann (William Earl) Shannon; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by: his
parents; a son, Terry Kirton; three sisters, Helen Cribb, Callie Rea Milligan,
and Margie Snowden; and three brothers, Clyde O’Neal Cooper, Lee Cooper,
Felton Cooper and Eldon Cooper.
A Home Going Celebration
with Military Honors will be 2PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Cornerstone
Baptist Church directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
The Cooper family
will receive family and friends immediately after the service in the church
Memorials may be made
to the Building Fund, Cornerstone Baptist Church, PO Box 1098, Georgetown,