William G. Cooper Jr.

June 13, 1921June 19, 2014

William G. Cooper, Jr., of Chattanooga, a decorated World War II veteran, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

He retired from Dixie Yarns after 19 years of service and was a former employee with Brock Candy Company for 19 years. William served in the Air Corps for 33 months as a B-26 Bomber Pilot, was assigned to 319Th BG in the Mediterranean. He was shot down on the 45th Mission run over Northern Italy on October 19, 1944 and was taken to Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany. William survived the German Death March and was liberated at Mooseburg, Germany on April 29, 1945. His decorations include the Purple Heart, 9 Air Metals, 2 Presidential Group Citations and the POW medal. After the war he became a member of the 319th Bomb Group Resonance Association where he served as President from 1955 – 1956. William was a member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV and the American X-POW’S.

He was honored by the Sertoman Club with a Heritage award in 1996, was an active member of Senior Friends Association serving as President in 1997. William was a member and deacon at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the J. Fred Johnson Bible Class and served two years as President. He was a member of various committees and Usher Team Captain.

He was preceded in death by his father, William G. Cooper, Sr.; mother, Anna Ruth Cooper and his first wife, Charlotte Lea Cooper.

William is survived by his wife, Beryl Carter Cooper; son, William G. (Barbara) Cooper, III; daughters, Pamela Cooper (Gary) Helton and Candis Cooper (Charlie) Potts; three granddaughters, Julie Cooper, Lisa (Adrian) Copeland and Laura Cooper; grandson, Evan Cooper Potts; great granddaughter, Brooklyn Copeland; two step-sons, Kenneth (Brenda) Carter and Rayford (Becky) Carter; ten step-grandchildren and twenty one step- great grandchildren; one step great great granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, June 22, at the East Chapel.

A graveside service for William will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, June 24 at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Rev. Lanny Johnson officiating.

The family would like to express their gratitude to his caregivers, Patricia Bowers, Becky Corbett and Nancy Allshouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William’s name to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 404 South Moore Road.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 22, 2014
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 24, 2014

William G. Cooper Jr.

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June 25, 2014

Dear Pam, Gary, and all the rest of the Cooper family,

May you know that my heart goes out to you and yours as you deal with the loss of your special family member who now reigns in Heaven. May the Lord's peace comfort you at this time.

Sincerely, Suzanne DeMars

Stan and Becky Corbett

June 24, 2014

It was a privilege to serve Bill and Beryl for the last 15 years. We love you both. It was an honor to know a true American Hero. We will cherish all the stories Bill shared with us over the years. God speed my friend. You will be greatly missed.

Teri Fleischmann

June 22, 2014

Russ and I hope each of the Cooper family can find peace in your time of loss.

Carole Guest

June 22, 2014

Want you to know Candy I am here for you and your family. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel your dad has found home where he is comfortable and in peace. He is enjoying the opportunity in sending you all his love, good wishes and to let you know he is OK.
Hugs and Blessings to you and your family.
Love, Carole

Bonnie Weatherford

June 21, 2014

My deepest sympathies to the Cooper Family. It was an honor to know Bill over the past few years in connection with the American Ex-POWs. He was an avid suppporter of the group and especially the Chattanooga Chapter. I will always treasure his friendship and support. He will be truly missed by all of us.