OBITUARY

Douglas Tyson Cooper

December 28, 1984March 1, 2019
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Douglas Tyson Cooper, 34 years old, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Born on December 28, 1984, Doug was a life-long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee. He was a 2003 graduate of Ooltewah High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. After graduating, Doug joined the US Marine Corps, where he served from 2004 to 2009. He rose to the rank of corporal and was an F/A-18 fighter mechanic, having served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Returning home, Doug married Pamela Manes, his joy and absolute love on May 28, 2011. He loved the Lord, was a totally devoted husband, a loving son, brother, doting uncle, loyal friend, and patriot.

Doug was larger than life. Ever the comedian, he kept his family in stitches. Doug was incredibly tender hearted, always stopping to help anyone in need. He never passed a homeless person without offering to give him a ride or buy him a meal. He always took the side of the underdog. Doug was fiercely loyal to his family, friends and country.

From the time he could walk, Doug loved the outdoors. He had an uncanny ability to find and catch a wide assortment of wildlife and loved owning exotic pets. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting or just standing around a bonfire with friends. He was adventure personified.

Doug was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Oran and Doris Bates, maternal grandfather, Jack Baker, father, Ron Cooper and infant sister, Shannon Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Cooper, mother, Brenda Cooper, sisters, Amy (James) Creamer, Nikki Johnston and Ashely (Scott) Neal, six nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Apison United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with Rev. Todd Chancey officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Plowman Cemetery following the service.

In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the national coalition for homeless veterans at NCHV.org or 800-VET-HELP.

Please share your thoughts and memories at: www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com

Arrangements are made by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, March 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Douglas Tyson Cooper

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Callie Childs

March 9, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of our friend Doug from years ago. Although it has been many years since I last saw Doug, it is impossible to forget his kind spirit, his loyalty to his friends, and his love for his family. I remember him talking with such love about his sisters, Mom and Dad. Praying for his wife, family, and friends. Truly such a great loss of a great man.

Jessica Bell Di Marco

March 8, 2019

Many good memories and outings as children at AUMC . You will be greatly missed Doug, but you will forever be in our hearts. We will see you again. The joy you brought to those around you and the impact you made was more than most achieve in a lifetime. Love and blessings to the family .

CHRISTY HIGHSMITH

March 7, 2019

My heart broke when I found out! Pam, I am here for you if you need anything. Praying for you and the family!

Jennifer Berry

March 7, 2019

Prayers for the entire family through this most difficult time. I have so many memories with Doug and it broke my heart when I read about this. He was a such a great guy! I am so sorry for your loss prayers for everyone

Michele Peters

March 6, 2019

Doug, we will all miss your beaming smile, your huge heart and your love of adventure! I believe that you are in the biggest adventure off all now, without the restraints and pain of this world. I know that you are wrapped in God’s love and presence. We love you.

Michele Peters

March 6, 2019

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March 6, 2019

Sarah Messimer

March 6, 2019

Doug always seemed bigger than life to me. As a terribly shy kid it wasn't easy for me to make friends. That wasn't a problem at all with Doug and his sister Ashley, they always invited me on their adventures in the woods or playing football in the yard bringing all the family out for a game on holidays. They made this shy cousins day and probably never realized it because that is just how they are.
I love you all

Jacquie Adams

March 6, 2019

Pam, my heart aches for you over this unexpected loss of your husband. You and your family are in my prayers.

Rachel Creamer

March 5, 2019

My husband, who has experience cutting down trees had decided to cut a tree that was just behind and to the side of our house. The angle went a little wrong and the tree started to lean precariously toward our home. It was a dangerous situation and we were worried for our home but especially our porch, and the roof of our dining and kitchen area. If the tree fell, that is where it would have hit. Arrick, my husband, immediately thought of Doug-- his Uncle through his father's marriage to Amy, Doug's sister--because of Doug's tree business. I believe it was a weekend, since Arrick was home and not at work, but Doug came over immediately. He quickly hooked up his truck wench and toppled the tree in a safe direction away from our house into the woods. Doug saved our home. Arrick wanted to pay him, but Doug just looked at him shrugged and said-- " You're family. Don't worry about it". That is how I remember him.

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Biography

Douglas Tyson Cooper, 34 years old, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Born on December 28, 1984, Doug was a life-long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee. He was a 2003 graduate of Ooltewah High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. After graduating, Doug joined the US Marine Corps, where he served from 2004 to 2009. He rose to the rank of corporal and was an F/A-18 fighter mechanic, having served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Returning home, Doug married Pamela Manes, his joy and absolute love, on May 28, 2011. He loved the Lord, was a totally devoted husband, a loving son, brother, doting uncle, loyal friend, and patriot.

Doug was larger than life. Ever the comedian, he kept his family in stitches. Doug was incredibly tender hearted, always stopping to help anyone in need. He never passed a homeless person without offering to give him a ride or buy him a meal. He always took the side of the underdog. Doug was fiercely loyal to his family, friends and country.

From the time he could walk, Doug loved the outdoors. He had an uncanny ability to find and catch a wide assortment of wildlife and loved owning exotic pets. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting or just standing around a bonfire with friends. He was adventure personified.

Doug was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Oran and Doris Bates, maternal grandfather, Jack Baker, father, Ron Cooper and infant sister, Shannon Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Cooper, mother, Brenda Cooper, sisters, Amy (James) Creamer, Nikki Johnston and Ashely (Scott) Neal, six nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Apison United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with Rev. Todd Chancey officiating. Interment will be at Plowman Cemetery with military honors following the service.

In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the national coalition for homeless veterans at NCHV.org or 800-VET-HELP.

Please share your thoughts and memories at: www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com

Arrangements are made by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.