Janice Anne Lawson Cooper

January 26, 1946October 4, 2011

Cooper, Janice Lawson, age 65, passed away peacefully Oct. 4, 2011. She fought a courageous battle against Cancer. She was of Methodist faith and a proud member of Young High Class of '64. Her passion was the Vols, and they never had a more loyal or knowledgeable fan. Janice owned "A Place in the Sun" for 17 years and developed a number of loyal customers who quickly became friends. Janice was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Lawson, Jr.; mother, Mary Lou Oliver Lawson; grandparents, Mother Mae and Daddy Elmer Oliver; Agnes (Mompy) and Charles Lawson. Janice is survived by her most precious and loving daughter, Ashley Cooper. Ashley's never-wavering support and constant care made Janice's life happy and gave her the strength to endure her illness. She is also survived by Ashley's caring father, Terry Cooper; step-sons, Wes Cooper (Michelle and daughter, Haley), Rodney Cooper (Angie and son, Tyler). Her brother, Phillip Lawson (Janet); sister, Rebecca Lawson Riley (Bill); nieces, Lindsay Lawson Brazier and Wendy Parker; nephews, Dean Parker and Ches Riley; aunts, Betty Weaver and Jean Oliver; cousin, Cathy Oliver Terrill and a number of Lawson cousins. Janice had friends that in both the sheer number and closeness were a tribute to her friendliness and loyalty to them all. She enjoyed special relationships with Louise & Dickie Davis, Nancy & Jerry Daves, Debby Pollard Koger, the "Hilton Head" girls, bunco girls, and "2nd daughter" Robin Omastiak. Receiving of friends will be 5-7pm, Thursday, October 6th at Berry Funeral Home with services immediately following. The service will be conducted by Janice's cousin the Reverend Doctor, C. Edward Deyton. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am at Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11:00 am interment on Friday, October 7th. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 7, 2011

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December 26, 2011

To Becky and Phillip, my heartfelt sympathy to you and certainly to Janice's family during the holidays. You three had a spirit and joy that all who knew you loved, even in grammer school! Janice will always be remembered for her spirit and beautiful smile. My prayers are for peace to each of you, knowing that Janice has found peace....and she is still smiling!
Sherry Wallace Barry and Sharon Wallace Cameron

October 24, 2011

We were so sorry to hear about your Mom's Passing. I knew your Mom, Phil and Becky when they moved in next door to us on Center Oak Dr. My older sister and her were good friends and told me about Your Mom. All 3 were special people and made Young High a great place. She will be missed.

Walter & Pat Simons

Teresa Grimes

October 20, 2011

Ash, You know Mama was one of my favorite people in the whole world. She and I were a good team when it came to keeping you in line....getting you up for early classes....writing and typing your papers, etc. I will miss our "Krystal" lunches and just how much fun she was to be around. I love both of you tons and am always just a phone call away.

Kathy Unger

October 14, 2011

It's as though you are not really gone because of the amazing memories I have of times with you. I will miss your unfailing generosity of your time, love, and support. A better friend one could not have and you will be in my heart forever.

I found these words comforting when I read them. They seemed to come from you.

Yet not farewell.
Where I am
Ye, too, shall dwell.
I am gone before your face
A moment's time,
A little space.
When ye come
Where I have stepped
Ye will wonder why ye wept.
Ye will know
By wise love taught
That here is all,
And there is naught.

I know you are in a better place and are preparing a welcome for us all who know and love you.

Sherrie & Kevin Thompson

October 13, 2011

Phil and Ashley,
Please know that Kevin and I will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers.

Dean Parker

October 10, 2011

The abundant outpouring of love from so many friends and family since Aunt Janice's passing is truly a testament to the kind of amazing person Janice was. When I arrived in Knoxville last year, as we pulled into the driveway, there was Janice waiting on the front doorstep with a bunch of balloons that said "welcome home". I can find no words to describe how much Janice will be missed, but one thing I do know- Janice is now in her new home with Jesus, and undoubtedly is smiling.

Ches Riley

October 9, 2011

I have great memories of my aunt janice - more than 30 years worth. Most involve the holidays where we would spend part of Thanksgiving and Christmas as Janice's house for 30+ years. The earliest years were those magical times when Ashley and I still believed in Santa, and we couldn't wait to see what he brought us. He never disappointed at Janice's house. My family settled into a routine where we would have Christmas morning at our house in Atlanta then end up at Janice's Christmas night for a "second Christmas." Those Christmas day nights at Janice's -- with all of our family having lasagna, salad and summer tea, are some of my best memories in life that I will cherish forever.

Janice is already missed by so many. Her legacy continues in Ashley, and what a great legacy it is.

Pat Bardill Hinton

October 8, 2011

I was saddened to know we have lost such a sunny smile and spirit. Blessings and prayers to all of you who loved and miss her so much.

October 8, 2011

Ashley, I can't imagine life without your mom...I'll miss EVERYTHING (yep, you heard me right!) When I think about her, I see her beautiful smile and pretty blue eyes. She's watching over all of us and sometimes she'll shake her finger at us you know. We'll try our very best to live life the way she would want. I Love You!! Aunt Becky

wendy Parker

October 8, 2011

I will always miss my aunt Janice. And I'm lucky to have so many amazing memories of time spent with her, including the beach trip she chaperoned w/mom when I was 15, the LA trip where she, Ashley and my mom went to American Idol, all the family hang out times, the list goes on. I was always inspired by her feisty spirit, beautiful smile, and cheerful attitude. She didn't know a stranger, and always made everyone feel so welcome. It doesn't seem real that she is gone, but I find some peace knowing that I can always find her in my heart. Love you Janice!!!