Leak Memory Chapel

945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL


Samuel Taylor Cooper Sr.

March 31, 1922July 9, 2019

Samuel Taylor Cooper, Sr. passed away on July 9, 2019, at the age of 97. Born on March 31, 1922 to Taylor Lee and Daisy Archer Cooper, he was a member of the “greatest generation.” He served in the US Navy in WW II as a Navy pilot. Upon returning home, he finished his degree at Auburn University while coaching football and teaching at Notasulga High School. He went on to teach agriculture and coach at Ft. Deposit and Hayneville High Schools. He then traveled for the department of education and visited superintendents and principals throughout the state to explain the innovative benefits of educational TV. Lt. Cooper extended his military career by joining the Air National Guard and served as the Commander of the 232nd Mobile Combat Communications Squadron for 25 years and retired in 1978. Throughout his married life, he operated Cooperfield Farms. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and he faithfully served as a deacon and elder at Hayneville Presbyterian Church. Sam is survived by his children, Sam Cooper, Jr. (Emily), John D. Cooper (Ceil Ann), Carolyn Rebecca Oakes (John Allen), Catherine Lee Sellers (Terry); his grandchildren, Shae Harrell (Trent), Blake Kizlauskas (Andy), Pat Cooper (Adrian), Scott Cooper (Elizabeth), Jenny Sobera (Scott), Ashley Parrish (Charlie), Allen Oakes (Lauren), Sara Dean (Jody), Cooper Sellers (Maura); 21 great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sara C. Cooper; his parents; and his brothers, Archer Cooper and Albert Cooper. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10:00am at Hayneville Presbyterian Church in Hayneville, Alabama, with a Celebration of Life at 11:00am in the sanctuary. Rev. Lincoln Speece and Rev. Ron Carleton will officiate. Interment will follow at Hayneville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hayneville Presbyterian Church. The family would like to extend a word of thanks to Nidira Shakur, Jean Harris, Carolyn Dubose, and the nursing staff at John Knox Nursing Home for their excellent care during this time.


  • Sam (Emily) Cooper Jr., Son
  • John D. (Ceil Ann) Cooper, Son
  • Carolyn (John Allen) Oakes, Daughter
  • Catherine (Terry) Sellers, Daughter
  • He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

  • Pat Cooper
  • Scott Cooper
  • Allen Oakes
  • Cooper Sellers
  • Jody Dean
  • Scott Sobera
  • Charlie Parrish
  • Trent Harrell
  • Andy Kizlauskas
  • Charlie Cooper, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Porter Hutto, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mac McCurdy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Perry Fulton, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Butch Chastain, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ernie Bolling, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Hutt Cook, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Dantzler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Reeves, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Doswell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Officers of Hayneville Presbyterian Church, Honorary Pallbearers


  • Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, July 13, 2019


Samuel Taylor Cooper Sr.

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Raymond Keel

July 14, 2019

Dear Sam & Family,
It is a honor and privilege to give Lt Col Cooper His Due Honor and Respect for His Service to his God, Family, Country and Fellow Brothers in Arms. Thank you for allowing me to full fill your request to play "Taps" & "Reveille" for Him and the Cooper Family. May the Lord Bless and Keep you at this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Raymond Keel, TSgt, USAF Ret
Bugles Across America

Kathy Croft

July 12, 2019

Mr. Sam was always so kind & one of my favorites when he came to the urology office. I always got a hug from him. Loved Mrs. Sara too. He loved telling me about his grandchildren & all of you. Having grown up in Monroeville, we had many people we both knew. I moved 3 yrs ago from Montgomery but thought of him just the other day as Godly people like him always brought a smile with him. Prayers for all! Love, Kathy Owens Croft

Barbara Coker

July 11, 2019

Mr. Sam and Miss Sarah were always so good to me and my girls. He was a man of few words but great knowledge. I cannot express in words how sorry I am for your loss. Mr. Sam will never be forgotten.

Barbara Coker
Lowndesboro, AL