Deacon Samuel Eugene Cooper, 70, was born March 30, 1943 in Rutledge to the late Bennie and Opie Nell Cooper. He was the third child of eight born to his parents.
He attended Thankful Elementary School and later Pearl High School. Following graduation he moved to Atlanta. Deacon Samuel accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Wallace Grove Baptist Church by Rev. S. L. Love.
He was an active member of Wallace Grove from 1950 until his journey ended. He was ordained as a deacon in June 2003 where he served faithfully under the leadership of Rev. Tommy Chapman Sr.
He dedicated his life as a servant for the love of his church by working and maintaining the cleanliness of the sanctuary, the church grounds and the cemetery.
After his move to Atlanta he met the love of his life Gwendolyn Fowler and they were joined in holy matrimony in December 1964.
God blessed them with a beautiful baby girl Wanda, the joy of his life. Deacon Samuel was employed by Greyhound Bus Station and The Atlanta Board of Education in Atlanta.
Some years later he returned to Rutledge4 and was employed by The West Chicken Farm and Superior Cabinets. Deacon Samuel loved fishing, gardening and traveling.
He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Massachusetts, Williamsburg, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Maine.
He always wanted to see the Big Apple! Deacon Cooper was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bennie and Opie Nell Cooper and brothers Lewis Cooper, Bobby G. Cooper and Bennie Lee Cooper.
He is survived by his daughter Wanda Nichelle Jones, granddaughter Tameka Johnson, great granddaughter Kennedy Rutledge, sisters Gladys Webb of Decatur, Opie Nell McMullen (Orrin) of Atlanta, Geraldine Murray (Rev. Alfred) of Madison, Betty Ann Coley of Decatur; aunt Sis. Henrietta Burney of Rutledge, sisters-in-law Sis. Geraldine Cooper and Sis. Edith Cooper and a host of nieces, nephews family and friends.
Funeral service was held at 1p.m. Saturday, Dec.21, at Wallace Grove Baptist Church. Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.