Henry Lee Cooper

June 20, 1950February 17, 2021
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Henry Lee Cooper, 70, of St. Simon’s Island, Ga., passed away on February 17, 2021.

Henry was a devout Catholic and lifelong advocate and fighter for education. He is survived by his wife, Linda Cooper; brother, Bob Cooper; daughters, Kim Helton (Cris Helton) and Heather Cooper; and grandchildren, Lance Ridley, Austin Headrick, and Avery Headrick.

Henry was born in Louisville, Ky. on June 20, 1950. He grew up playing sports, going on to become a proud and successful football coach, mentoring many young men and positively impacting the students and schools where he taught. He was a teacher, principal, and, continuing until his death, worked to improve the educational system of Georgia. As a lifelong sportsman, Henry loved to hunt deer and elk throughout the United States. He was an accomplished angler who enjoyed fishing with his friends and grandchildren.

After meeting his wife, Linda, Henry became an active member of the Catholic Church. He was a devout Christian with an unwavering faith in God. His faith was the foundation of his life, reading devotionals and spiritual readings daily.

Outside of his professional accomplishments and active roles in his communities, Henry was also a world traveler. He and Linda visited all 50 states and traveled internationally to many countries including England, France, The Czech Republic, Romania, among many others.

To everyone who knew him, Henry was the biggest fan of the University of Kentucky basketball and football. Often decked out in his royal blue attire, he followed these teams year after year.

More than his career and his hobbies, Henry was a strong and disciplined man. Married to Linda for over 40 years, he was a man who provided stability and was respected by all who knew him. A great man of true principle and character, Henry will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27 at St. William’s Catholic Church.

Edo Miller and Sons is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the register book and leave condolences for the family at


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Joseph Popson

March 2, 2021

Dear Linda and family,

So shocked and saddened by Henry's passing. We were thinking of you on Saturday. Take time for yourself to rest, grieve, and heal; Lorraine and I have so many happy memories of knowing you both.

Joe Popson

Meg and Peter Kosowski

February 28, 2021

As a part of our St. Williams family, we met Henry and Linda who were both active members and volunteers at our church. He always had a beautiful smile on his face and he instantly made us smile and feel welcomed. His devotion to his wife and family was phenomenal and obvious to all. While we will miss his warm presence, we know he is in a better place, and will welcome us once again when he helps to “usher” us into the Lord’s celestial presence.

Sandra Newberry

February 27, 2021

My dearest Linda and all your family! Can’t begin to find all the words to say about Henry and what his (and your) friendship has meant to me all these many years! I will miss the long phone calls and visits with you both. The conversations could go on forever. I have so many fond memories spent with y’all in Dalton, Byron, and St. Simons! I am just so sorry that I could not come for the services today. Please know that I am sending you hugs, prayers, and much love as you all share love, stories and special memories today of a life so loved and well lived. I will never forget his smile and that special “twinkle” he always had in his eyes! Rest well my friend - As I know you are gaining your wings and joining some special friends who have gone on before you!
Your Friend, “San!”

Del Floyd

February 26, 2021

I am truly saddened to hear of Henry’s passing. I have many fond memories of being your mail lady when you lived on Majestic Oak. He always waved or spoke to me. You both were so friendly. I just wanted you to know that I’m sorry and I will keep you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. He was a good man.

Clyde Conine

February 26, 2021

Linda: I just received word about Henry. I am so sorry. He was such a kind, big-hearted guy, loved by so many. I know the grief must seem unbearable. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Clyde

Garry Peavy

February 26, 2021

A really great individual and a true southern gentleman. Rest In Peace my friend🙏🙏🙏

Sid Derrick

February 25, 2021

So sorry to hear the news about Henry. Our deepest sympathy. Prayers for the family
Sid, Sandra and Lindsey Derrick
Dalton, GA

Don Smith

February 25, 2021

After reading the wonderful tributes to Henry my thoughts are small in comparison but just as heart felt. I only knew Henry for two hours at a family Christmas gathering when he suggested we sit together at dinner since we were the only UK fans in attendance! It was a wonderful two hours that I will always remember. He will be greatly missed.

David Stone

February 25, 2021

Linda and Family:
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Henry was one of the nicest neighbors I've ever had the privilege of knowing and a friend who I saw regularly at Mullet Bay. When my wife, Karen died 3 months to the day before Henry he was one of the first to stop by and bring me food and thoughts.
We kidded back and forth about Ohio State football and Ky football and I could tell he loved the game and the state of Ky.
We here at Palm Villa's will never be the same without our friend.

Your neighbor,
David Stone

Ben Aro

February 24, 2021

My heartfelt prayers go out to Linda and the family. Henry loved his family and was devoted to securing their well being. Foremost, he was a good husband and parent.
I met Henry Cooper in 1999 in my role as director of North Georgia RESA. I am so grateful that Henry and I had an immediate connection. He became a mentor to me and to so many others. His communication skills were superior. He made a positive impact and touched lives through his passion, integrity, competence, humor, servant nature and always his smile.
Whenever I answered my phone I knew I was in for a treat if the first words I heard were, “Is that you, Tater?” It was a highlight moment each time I shared a meal with Henry, Harold Chambers, and Meredith Walker. Only recently Henry had called to plan another get together as soon as the pandemic allowed.
In the spring of 2011 I was interim superintendent in Pickens County. Henry came to do some work for the Pickens County Board of Education. The final sentence of my introduction of Henry to the BOE was that Henry Cooper was a person who I would want beside me in a foxhole. Having spent some time in foxholes in 1969-70 in Southeast Asia it is an accolade reserved for few in my orbit.
Perhaps the most apt description of Henry is to be found in First Corinthians, Chapter 13. Henry was patient and kind. He was never boastful or demanded his own way. He rejoiced in and spoke the truth. Henry endured through life’s obstacles. He gave us faith in ourselves. He gave us hope in our endeavors. Always, always Henry gave us love.
A friend,
Ben Arp