Mr. Eddie Cooper
Sunset: March 18, 2022
Just as He called His son Jesus from a life on earth, God Almighty called Mr. Eddie Cooper peacefully to live with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom on Friday, March 18th, 2022, after a short illness. He was extremely blessed to live to be 103 years, 10 months and 18 days old. His body may have failed him but his mind remained very sharp enabling him to continue to impart his wisdom and love, and to be very aware of what was happening in the world today. He was born in Florence County on April 28,1918, son of the late Joe Alfred Cooper and Clara Cooper.
Eddie received his formal education in the area and at the time that he was born, African American boys only received up to a sixth or eighth grade education. This did not stop him from excelling at all that he attempted in life and it is amazing what he accomplished with his limited education. He had a penchant for numbers and could calculate in his head quicker than the average person could on a calculator.
In his early twenties he married Ruby Lee McClam Cooper, and from their union, a daughter was born. At an early age, he gave his life to God and served as a faithful member of Greater St. Mark AME Church for many years. He was a loving husband, father, and next to God, he placed his family first and was ecstatic when he became a grandfather.
He worked hard all of his life six days a week, from sun up to sunset, and then went to church on Sundays to worship and sing with his group the Clouds of Harmony.
He survived the Pandemic of 1918 and the Covid 19 pandemic, was a veteran of WWll, a life dedicated member of Masonic Eveready Lodge 431, where he served as treasurer; a member of Willing Worker Chapter 319 of the Order of the Eastern Star where he held the office of Associate Patron, Retired Steward of St Mark AME Church and Retired Class Leader. He was a member of many other organizations and auxiliaries that are too numerous to list.
He loved to watch baseball and wrestling on tv in the little time he had to relax. One of his favorite sayings was “Have mercy”.
In spite of his busy schedule, he always found time to feed anyone who came to his door and he took in too many children to count over his lifetime. He prayed for and with many because when you have lived this long and have survived so much, you are truly blessed with a lot of wisdom.
His first wife preceded him in death in 1994 and he was blessed with a second wife, Mrs Gladys (Collins) Cooper, who presided with him in their home until he was called to his heavenly home.
Surviving to cherish fine memories are his loving wife, Mrs. Gladys Cooper of Lake City, South Carolina; one daughter, Ms. Glendora Cooper Andrews; one granddaughter, Shakera Gianna Andrews, both of the Atlanta, Georgia area; one sister, Ella (Peggy) Guy, of Dayton, Ohio; special niece, Etherlene (Ada) Graham of Lake City, South Carolina, special nephew, Otis C. McClam of Chicago, Illinois and Clevon (Wick) Ross of Columbia, SC both of whom he raised and loved as his sons. He frequently enjoyed long conversations with his dear niece, Ms. Wessie L Jones, of Philadelphia, PA.
Preceding him in death were his siblings Mrs. Annie Mae Easley, Mr. Davis Cooper, Mr. Henry Cooper, Mr. Willie Cooper, Mr. Harry Cooper, Ms. Lucille Cooper, Ms. Mary Lee Thompson, and Mr Abe Ben Cooper. He also leaves three sister in laws, Mrs. Julia Weaver of Sumter, SC, Mrs. Ellie Lowery of Spring Valley, New York, Mrs. Anna B. Wheeler of Gable, SC, and Mrs. Margaret (Nathaniel) Rose of Upper Marlborough, Md. Other special people in his life included Ms. Della Cooper of Lake City, SC, Mr. Herbert McFadden of Lake City, SC, Ms. Patricia McClam of Lake City, SC, Ms. Sharon Banks of Bear, DE and the entire Green family of Lake City, SC; Ms Thomasina Cooper of Winston Salem, NC and the Guardian Angels Organization, who selflessly cared for him until his passing.
He was loved by a great host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will all miss him dearly!