Cecil Clifton Cooper

January 23, 1927October 4, 2013

Cecil Clifton Cooper of Greenwood passed from this life on October 4, 2013 in Charleston. Cecil was born January 23, 1927 in Paris, Arkansas to his parents Henry Curtis Cooper and Truie Pearl (Harger) Cooper.

He was an Army veteran of World War II; he worked in the coal mines around Paris, and retired as tool and die supervisor from Ladish Pacific in California. He often said “retirement was the best job he ever had.” He was a big baseball fan and umpired little league in California. He loved to fish and hunt – the reason he and his second wife, Virginia, moved to Greenwood from California in 1999. He served one term as Greenwood City Council member. He was a member of Saints Sabina and Mary Catholic Church in Jenny Lind.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol (Herman) Dunn and Sandia Sparks; the mother of his children, T. Mae Cooper; his step-sons, Rick (Chrisy) White, all of California and Tim (Rita) White of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Bryan and Jason Dunn, Sean Sparks, Stephanie, Jeff, Nichole and Diana White all of California; numerous great grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Savage of Branch; his nephew and caregiver, Philip (Cindy) Savage of Charleston; his nephews, Richard Savage (Cecilia), Christopher Savage (Tammy), Cecil Wayne (Sue) Crossno, Herb Crossno, J.C. Cooper of Oregon, Jerry Cooper and Billy Cooper; nieces, Mary (Harold) McLeroy, Dixie (Don) Boster and Cynthia Cooper; sister-in-law, Bonnie Cooper of California and numerous great nephews, great nieces and other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Curtis Cooper; his mother and step-father, Lawrence A. and Truie Crossno; his brothers, Jerrel C. Cooper and Lawrence Crossno, Jr.; his brother-in-law, Robert Savage; his nephew, David and niece, Roberta Jean Savage. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Virginia (Norton) White and his step-daughter, Patricia Powell.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Charleston with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Rosary will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel. Viewing will be Tuesday from 1 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Richard Savage, Harold McLeroy, Cecil Wayne Crossno, Herb Crossno, Mike Locknar, Ben Toplikar, Pat Mixon and Brandon Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be James Gaston, Doyle Frost, Wayland Parker, Mike and Paulette Hodges.

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  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • Rosary Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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jerry cooper

October 29, 2013

uncle cecil u will be missed

jerry cooper

October 29, 2013

uncle cecil
was my dads brother, and he will be missed.
I remember when Cecil took me to my first la dodger game at chavez ravine in los angles, in 1963. I was so excited about going to the game. i remember that there was so much color, as i had only seen dodger stadium on black and white tv. the game we went to sandy koufax pitched against the cincinnati reds. i remember the game was in the middle of the week, so i'm sure i went to school the next day. i remember cecil let me spend my $2.00 at a concession stand at the stadium.
one memory i have of cecil is when i was 12 years old. cecil use to love baseball as it was americas past time when he was growing up. he found a way to stay close to the game was to umpire. Well one weekend i accompanied cecil to a game he was umpiring. Cecil was the home plate umpire. This was i believe an american legion game or a minor leauge game that was played in a city park. i do recall these players were adults and were very intense. it got to be the 7th or 8th inning and all i was thinking was; man, when is this game going to end. Well it got to be the bottom of the 9th inning and the score was tied. all i was thinking was this game has to end! the team batting in the bottom of the 9th had the winning run on second base, and there was a basehit i believe to center field. All i was thinking was, yes! the game is finally over. Well the centerfielder fielded the ball cleanly and was making a strong throw to the plate. cecil was placing himself behind the catch as there was going to be a close play at the plate. The ball and the baserunner all arrived simeataneously at home plate. The baserunner slid into the catcher and there was a big cloud of dust, and cecil put up his hand and with authority hollered, yer out!
i'm thinking what! are u serious, the fans sitting in the bleachers behind home plate were in disbelief. They really let cecil have it! well as the game was going in extra innings, and as both teams prepared for the next inning. cecil was asking me "so what do u think of the game" i was sitting in the bleachers behind home plate. i replied, "uncle cecil why didnt u call the runner safe so we could go home" cecil was not very pleased with my comments, and as he was talking to me, the fans really let him have it.
i also remember cecil having me come over to his place during the 1964 world series to watch st louis play the new york yankees, and was able to see mickey mantle hit a game winning home run off barney schultz in the 9th inning to win the game. i was really jazed because uncle cecil had a color tv, imagine!
lastly cecils place of employement had season tickets to the la dodgers, after i got married he gave me 2 tickets for a weekday game. this was 1981 and my wife and i were able to see fernando vanezuela pitch. this was during the fernando mania that was sweeping los angeles, he was truly a sight to behold.
cecil has given me so many memories, but i really wanted to share these special moments i had with my uncle
u will be missed

jerrel cooper

October 29, 2013

u will be missed
jerrel cooper, farmington, utah

Bonnie Cooper

October 15, 2013

Cecil Cooper was a part of our family. The brothers fished and worked together.
We took trips from California to Arkansas lots of times. They were adventures that only young people could appreciate. We went with little money and not being able to stay in a motel we slept in our cars with my husband Jerrel (Cecil's brother) snorng so loud that no one could sleep.
Sharing Christmas with my mother and dad, Cecil and Mae with the girls all sharing my mother's Christmas making us all a big family. What great adventures we had as a family. Cecil was a gentle man, caring father, and friend. He will be missed. Cecil, thanks for the memories.
The Cooper Family
Bonnie, Jerry, Cynthia and Bill

Del (Deramo) Collinsworth

October 11, 2013

I send my condolence to all of Cecil's family, some I know, others I do not know but my heart goes out to each and every one of you for your loss.

Cecil was a friend as well as a close cousin. Always ready to talk, as well as listen. He always made you feel important.

Cecil, I am including a picture that you took the last time we were able to visit with all of you. How I enjoyed hearing all of the stories from everyone, of things that had happened since our last visit

Your sister, Dorothy Gene, Nora and I are the only ones left that were in this picture you took. YOU and the others have made that journey to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We miss you all.

Your cousin,
Del (Deramo) Collinsworth

Kevin O'Brien

October 10, 2013

Condolences to all of Cecil's family.
He was such a wonderful down to earth person to talk to at all the Norton family events, we enjoyed him very much and will miss him.
With Sympathy,
Kevin and Vanessa O'Brien