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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

George Ira Cooley Jr.

January 26, 1956October 17, 2019
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George Ira Cooley Jr., 63, passed away, October 17, 2019. He was born January 26, 1956 at the U.S. Army Hospital in Neubrucke, Germany.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Becky, on September 12,1975. She was the love of his life and his partner for all of life’s experiences. Their story is one of true love and devotion towards each other. George was a rock that Becky, and their children Eric and Jessye, could depend upon. George was also a devoted Grandfather of 5. You would find him supporting and loving on his grandchildren in life and at every one of their events.

Mississippi held a very special place in George’s life. His parents as well as his brother and family still live there, and George often visited for long periods of time. George found peace on his family’s land and was proud of his roots in Waynesboro. The peace and solitude of their land, nature, and the fellowship of his entire family was very meaningful to him. His “folks” were so important to him and George shared this special place with his own family while raising them, creating a lasting impact and a lifelong connection.

George was a standout cross-country runner at his high school (Sunset H.S.) in Texas. He also starred in track and was a leader on his team for several years. George also achieved a college scholarship to Howard Payne University in Brownwood Texas. Running was a passion of his and he was very successful, at one point running a 4:16 mile.

George’s love for life was contagious. He enjoyed his family, his faith, golf, chess, and good restaurants. You could count on finding him at one of his favorite restaurants every day, and if he wasn’t enjoying a good meal out in town, then he was either reading the menus online or talking about it. George was quick with a joke and he often built his relationships on a connection with humor, laughter, and spirited conversation. He loved to show you “just how” to do things and he was a man who had a broad knowledge of life and its experiences.

In 1985, George moved his family from Dallas, Texas to Virginia where he worked as a network engineer with Boeing Information Systems and SAIC before retiring in 2017 to Holly Springs, NC. Indeed, George showed up in life as a man you could depend upon. He worked long hours and endured long commutes without complaint, always knowing his purpose was to serve his family and provide for them. After his retirement and move to Holly Springs, George and Becky quickly joined Holly Springs United Methodist Church. He was very happy with the community that he and Becky found there. He was committed on Sunday mornings to worship and service with his Breakfast Brigade and he looked forward to this each week.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Becky Kenngott Cooley; daughter, Jessye Cooley Smith and husband, Matt, and their children, Matthew, Lauren and Ashley; son, Eric Jason Cooley and wife, Jennifer, and their children, Meghan and Maddison; parents, George Ira Cooley and Claudia Jean (Skipper) Cooley of Waynesboro, Mississippi; brother, Michael and wife, Patti, and their son, Seth.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm Sunday, October 20th at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am Monday, October 21st at Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 108 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 108 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540. Please note memorial designation - Grounds Beautification Committee. Give Online at http://hsumc.umcchurches.org/ (memorial designation on page 2 - Grounds Beautification Committee).

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Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 21, 2019

Memories

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Mary Cooper

October 23, 2019

Becky, Jessye and Eric, I’m so sorry to hear this..Thoughts and prayers for all of you..Mary Cooper and Kim Updyke 🙏❤️Hugs

Kathy Pagans

October 21, 2019

Becky, Jessye, Eric and Family
Becky, so sorry to hear of George's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. God never leaves us alone. God will be with you all at every step of the way.

Gee and Curtis Pagans
David Gates and Kristina Gates Carpenter

Gordon Clore

October 21, 2019

Becky so sorry to read about George's passing. Just want to let you and the kids know that you are in my prayer and thoughts. George was a good friend as well as a good customer. May God watch over you and the kids.

With fond memories
Gordon Clore

Becky Croom

October 21, 2019

Dear Becky and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this most difficult time.

Dianne Berry

October 21, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss and feel like I know you through my sister Deenie and her husband Buzzy. I know how much they have cherished your Friendship; especially being part of the Breakfast Brigade.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers and may you feel His arms holding you through this most difficult time.

Hugs,
Dianne Berry

Emily Skebeck

October 21, 2019

Becky & Family--I am so very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of George--he was always a fun person to be around! Please hold your memories dear to your heart. Thinking of you all.

Hugs--
Emily Skebeck (Jeannie)

Trina Parsons

October 19, 2019

Becky, Jessye and Eric and Family,

We were so saddened to hear about George. He was truly one of the nicest and funniest people we have ever met. I pray for peace and comfort for you all.

Jerry & Trina Parsons

Tommy Putnam

October 19, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I knew George from work and had the pleasure of working and speaking with him over the last 6 or so years. He was a great guy someone I will never forget. He was kind hearted, funny , full of stories and spoke of all his family often. We spoke of his time at Boeing he knew my wife's Uncle Roy Sisk and spoke of playing golf with him a bit in the past. I was floored to hear of his passing. I played golf with him at the Boeing golf outing, I know he loved his golf. I was so looking foward to seeing him and hearing that laugh again possibly at one of them! We spoke of his faith in some of or conversations, and I know that he is in a better place looking down on all his love ones. Until we meet again George in eternity see you later. Praying for all of you in this time of sorrow. I pray you all, and that you find peace & solice that he knows his Savior.

David Welch

October 19, 2019

My heart grieves for you in your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

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