OBITUARY

John W. Cooper

September 15, 1942November 22, 2019
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John Wayne Cooper, age 77, of Brandon, FL, passed away on November 22, 2019. He was born on September 15, 1942 in Greenville, SC, the son of Winifred (Clark) and Wayne Rudock. He was raised in Greenville, SC then settled in Brandon, FL in 1982.

John was in the United States Air Force from October 1960 – July of 1965. He served on the Greenville Police Department from 1965 until 1982, having retired as Assistant Director of the Police Service Bureau after 17 years on the force. He later worked for IBM from 1983 through 2003 as a Staff Financial Analyst, retiring after 20 years with IBM.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Dawn Cooper (Carl Ray) Thompson of Mooresville, NC; son, John Randall (Tonya Lynn Scott) Cooper of Lucas, TX; grandsons: Logan Lane and Heath Ryan Thompson, and Austin Clark, Jared Lee, Travis Randall and Noah Thomas Cooper; sister, Rebecca C. Cox of Woodruff, SC; brother, Michael A. Cooper of Statesville, NC and his first wife Grace Juanita Haley Bowers of Greenville, SC. His parents, one brother, Fred R Cooper, and his second wife, Gail Loretta Heitz preceded John in death.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior, from 9:00-10:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a local charity in your area or to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Thomas Manning

November 30, 2019

My deepest sympathy to John Randel Cooper & Family . Mr . Cooper was a Great customer & a Great friend of 20 + years , I will miss him dearly he was a Great man , RIP my friend , Thomas Manning .

Kathleen Jennings

November 30, 2019

Deepest sympathy to John’s family and many friends on his passing from the Chief Harold C. Jennings family. John was a beloved professional and a credit to the Greenville Police Dept. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. RIP.

Gib Rogers

November 27, 2019

While growing up on East Wilburn Avenue, I played baseball many, many, many afternoons on the vacant lot next to the Cooper's home. John Wayne was always ready to play and tried to outhit all of us younger boys. John Wayne was a good friend and helpful when needed. Even though his brother Fred was nearer my age, I still remember eating meals and watching TV in the Cooper's home. They were the first family on the street to get a TV. Since I moved from Greenville over 50 years ago, I am sad that I didn't make an effort to stay in touch with boyhood friends. However, the memories will still linger in my mind, and the value of John Wayne's friendship. The Cooper family were great neighbors and even though we no longer have our Parents with us, the values they taught us will sustain us as we continue to live and influence others. Thanks, John Wayne, for your friendship and lessons taught. gib Rogers (Lexington, SC)

Eddie Clark

November 27, 2019

John and I were buddy's growing up. Although we grew apart through the years as we each went our own ways, I, as I am sure he, never forgot the way life was so much simpler growing up in the Fifty's. No cell phones, I-Pads, or video games to distract you from finding fun things to occupy our time. Playing ball, or sometimes getting into mischief. To all his family, my heart goes out to you for you loss. Rest easy old friend. Eddie Clark

Bill Cartee

November 27, 2019

Randall and family,so sorry to hear about John's passing. He and i went back a long way. He was a good man. My family and i would like you to know all of you are in our prayers. We love you,
Bill

Judith Heitz

November 26, 2019

Cynthia and Randall, Surprised and so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He’ll be missed by all of us Whenever I spoke with him he’d always leave me laughing. My kids loved their Uncle John and have many happy memories shared with him. Condolences to you and your families. Love and prayers to you all. Judy, Dawn, Dave and Stephanie

Mike Kellett

November 26, 2019

Sgt Cooper was a Cop's Cop he trained me in the right way t shoot and this has lasted a lifetime I remember the last time I saw him was at a funeral and I thanked him for his friendship and training. Law Enforcement has lost a great Police Officer we have lost a great friend.

Debbie Bagwell

November 26, 2019

Randall & Cynthia and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad passing. We’re never ready for that shock, but I pray for each of you that you will feel the peace and comfort from the Holy Spirit as you go through this difficult time.

My memory of John is when I would babysit you two, he would carry me home in his light blue Mustang. I thought that was the coolest car. 😌

Dennis Weathers

November 26, 2019

My Dad was a Detective with the GPD for 36 years, I followed suit and was a Detective for 26 years. We both knew and loved a John, he had an awesome sense of humor and was always willing to help anyone! I knew Fred as well, I’m not sure that Heaven is ready for the both of them ! My prayers are with all of you, may God hold you in the palm of His hand!

Skip Wilson

November 26, 2019

Today I read a post on the internet regarding the passing of my friend John.I always admired John and respected his knowledge of law enforcement.Being a retired uniform patrol supervisor with Greenville County I was honored having a John Cooper a part of my career.
My heart goes out to all of the family John served all of us well.

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