Gary Charles Cooper
June 13, 1932 – July 25, 2019
Gary Charles Cooper, age 87 of Davison, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2019. He was born on June 13, 1932 in Flint to parents William and Irene (Forshee) Cooper. Gary proudly served in the US Army as a Medical Technician and was stationed in Alaska. He grew up at North Baptist Church and later on held memberships at Emmanuel Baptist and Faith Baptist Church. Gary served on the board at Carriage Town Ministries, worked to organize events for Big Brothers Little Brothers, and was a member of the Gideons. When he wasn’t counseling people, which he loved to do, Gary loved to build model airplanes, go target shooting and reload his own rounds. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Gary is survived by his children: Tammy L. (Barry) Howe, Gary L. (Alzina) Cooper, and Ann M. (Kevin) Gilkes; grandchildren: Dale (Jodi) Howe, Adam (Stephanie) Gilkes, Kristin Cooper, and Eric (Annika) Gilkes; step-grandchildren: Heather (Tyler) Lloyd and Jesse Clark; great grandchildren: Hayden, Kaelyn, Carter, Tucker, Caleb, and Emma; brother, Vern (Connie) Cooper; many nieces, nephews, and close friends. He was preceded in death by both parents; wife, Marilyn J. Cooper; brother, Doran Cooper. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Faith Baptist Church, 7306 E. Atherton Rd., Davison. Pastor Shawn Kook officiating. Visitation will take place on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 1-8pm at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, and again on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10am at church. Private interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution may do so to Carriage Town Ministries of Flint.
- Carriage Town Ministries
- Visitation Monday, July 29, 2019
- Visitation Before Church Tuesday, July 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Gary Charles Cooper
July 31, 2019
Very sorry I was unable to attend Gary’s memorial. Gary (“Coop”) and Marilyn were our youth group leaders at North Baptist Church in the late fifties and early sixties. I also have great memories of deer hunting with Gary for several years in the Huron National Forest. He had a knack for enlivening the deer camp. I will always remember Gary’s favorite expression of exasperation. . . “Sick Duck.”
July 30, 2019
I grew up in North Baptist Church. There was always a Pastor and a youth Pastor and assorted deacons. They seemed to be more concerned with the operations and politics of the church than the people. At least that what it seemed like to me as a teenager. Then there was "Coop". Gary was always involved with the youth. He was the "cool Christian". He was the moral compass to a whole generation of teenagers of my age. I am 10 years younger than Gary. Thinking back, when I think of what I would consider to be the definition of a Christian man, I think of "Coop".
I ate dinner with Gary a few months agoe. I am sure Gary was ready to go home, but he was also enjoying life here. He was a great man. I will miss him.
Don and Bobbi Lukins
July 29, 2019
Gary was a kind and gentle soul who was the stabilizing force in the huge Cooper family. He loved life and especially his Lord Jesus. He will be missed.
July 26, 2019
Gary was a friend of my dad, and when my dad passed away when I was 13 Gary stepped in and became my big brother through the Big Brothers Association. Gary became a good friend and huge influence in my life especially in those interesting teen years. Much of my love for the outdoors and adventure, and certainly love for the Lord comes from time spent with Gary. Who says you can’t take a few teenagers canoeing down the Ausable River in February followed by tent camping on a frozen Higgins Lake. Gary had a can do spirit that surely lives on in many of us!!