Burns Pittman Cooper

June 24, 1925March 22, 2013

COOPER, Burns Pittman - born in Quebeck, TN to Karl Russell Cooper and Dorothy Pittman Cooper on the 24th of June 1925, and passed away in Nashville, TN on the 22nd of March 2013 at the age of 87. He grew up in Quebeck, and graduated from White Co. High School. As a young adult, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a signalman aboard the aircraft carrier, Yorktown, "The Fighting Lady" during WWII, and then served his country 2 more years during the Korean War. He later developed a career as an HVAC Engineer, working 18 years at Vanderbilt before going on to work for Opryland for another 18 years before retiring.  He will be remembered fondly by those within various groups where he shared a love of God, good friendships and good coffee. He held a former membership with Hillsboro Church of Christ, and a current membership with Bellevue Church of Christ, was an original member of the Hutcherson's Coffee Club, and in most recent years, took part in founding The Meadows Coffee Club. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hardy (Rachel) Cooper of West Palm Beach, FL; and granddaughter, Valen Lee Cooper of Arrington, TN.  Survived by loving wife of 61 years, Alice D. Cooper; daughter, Libby Cooper of Nashville; son, Russell (Lori) Cooper of Arrington, TN; daughter, Mary Alice (Jim) West of Ore City, TX; grandchildren, Karl Cooper, Ali (Steven) Bishop; one great grandson, Trace Bishop; sister, Myrtice (Bill) Demonbreun of Viola, TN. A Graveside Service will be held at one o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 25th of March 2013 at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include: Buddy Koonce, Steele Cooper, Karl Cooper, Rocky Dudley, Steven Bishop, and Jim West. A time of visitation will be held with the family at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home two hours prior beginning at eleven o'clock Monday morning up until the time of service. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that donations be directed to: The Valen Cooper Scholarship Fund c/o First TN Bank, 1214 Murfreesboro Rd. #6190, Franklin, TN 37064 or to USS Yorktown CV-10 Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1021, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29465 or to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend special thanks for the loving care he received at The Meadows. Arrangements by: Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. (615)-383-4754.


  • Visitation Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 25, 2013

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Whitney Weinberger

April 20, 2014

Wish I had known. Would of very much liked to have been apart of the memorial service and funeral ceremony of my Great-Uncle Burns. Still have some good childhood memories of him and think of the family from time to time. He will be missed.

Cindy Reese

April 5, 2013

Mrs. Cooper,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Cooper. I have such fond memories of y'all visiting Mary Alice while we were roommates in college. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this time.


Cindy (Reese) Pace

Mary Jane McGiboney

March 24, 2013

Dear Cousin Alice, Libby, Rusty, and Mary Alice,
Please accept our condolences for the passing of Burns. Facing the loss of a beloved husband and father is always difficult regardless of the number of years. It has been a very long time since I last saw Burns, but I still have several nice memories of him. At this present time, please be aware that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Mary Jane and family

Harold & Abby Yielding

March 24, 2013

Alice and family. We extend to you our heartfelt sorrow in the passing of Burns. We have been blessed having you and Burns for neighbors and friends. If we may be of any service to you, please let us know.

Laura and Elliott McCullough

March 24, 2013

Dear Libby and family, Elliott and I will be thinking and praying for you during this sad but joyous time because your daddy is with the Lord and at peace. We will all miss him.

Howard Harris

March 24, 2013

Burns Cooper was a gentleman. I got to know him through church and he was helpful with advice on several occasions. We both enjoyed helping with audoi/video duties.
He never seemed too busy to talk and ask about folks back in White County where he has his roots.
We will miss his smile and good nature.