Gary Carl Cooper

August 6, 1953July 19, 2013
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Gary Carl Cooper, 59, of New Bern N.C. went home to be with the Lord on July 19, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years and high school sweetheart, Marsha Cooper; two sons, Christopher Cooper U.S.M.C Ret. and wife Carla of Havelock, NC and Jason Cooper of Hammond, IN; three grandchildren, Nicole (Jimmy) Vanlandingham of Oahu, Hawaii, Quentin and Madison Cooper of Havelock, NC; two great grandchildren, JJ and Lilliana Rose Vanlandingham of Oahu, Hawaii; three brothers, Norman (Kitty) Cooper of Pelzer, S.C., Richard (Linda) Cooper of Merrillville, IN, Jack Cooper of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Alice (Tim) Mick of Crown Point, IN.; devoted Uncle and friend, Ray Plopper of Griffith, IN; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from all over the country and his dog Lily. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl (Jan. 2007) and Geraldine (Mar. 2006) Cooper and brother David Cooper (May 1987).

Gary grew up in northwest Indiana and worked mostly in Industrial and Automotive Sales until he became disabled in 1988. Along with his family, he was a charter member of Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville, IN, a charter member of New Hope Baptist Church in Des Moines, IA, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Highland, IN from 1984 to 2012 until they retired and settled in New Bern and became members of Pleasant Acres FWB Church in New Bern on Dec. 23, 2012. Through the years Gary served on the Deacon Board, was a Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School teacher for all age groups, and a Vacation Bible School and Awana leader. Gary worked as a sound technician and assisted his wife with the children’s hand bell choir for many years. Gary enjoyed talking and witnessing to people about his wonderful Lord and Savior. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, going to his children’s and grand children’s school and sporting events, working on cars, and loved reading the history of Abraham Lincoln. He was a wonderful Christian husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved his family very much and will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 24, 2013 at Pleasant Acres FWB Church, 2911 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern, NC with Rev. Scott Coghill officiating. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park, New Bern, NC.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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James Van Prooyen

August 2, 2013

My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God bless him and keep him close to his side

Mildred smith

August 1, 2013

Gary was a wonderful person he was a good dad marsha you all had a good life together ..The pictures were good.. love Aunt Mildred.

July 26, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. My heart truly goes out to your family. Find solace in the fact that our Heavenly Father knows what you are going through. He is “greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:20) Continue to rely on Him for strength during this difficult time.

Carla Cooper

July 26, 2013

He was a wonderful father, grandfather and father-in-law. He will be greatly missed. He loved life, loved people and loved God.

Geffrey Cooper

July 26, 2013

Yes Uncle Gary u will be missed but will one day see you in Heaven with the rest of the family love ya

Norm & Kitty

July 25, 2013

Marsha, the funeral was beautiful as it honored Gary and the Lord. You are in our prayers as you begin another chapter in your life. It was wonderful to spend time with you, Chris an his family an Jason. We love you and will not forget you!

Dave and Debbie Brechner (Rivich)

July 24, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Moore

July 24, 2013

This is Mrs. Mary Moore, your second grade teacher at Calumet Baptist School. I do remember the interest your father showed in you and your education. Please accept my sympathy in the Homegoing of your father. Soon, we'll all be together again. My greetings also to your mother.
Mary Moore, Portage, IN

Judy Heacker

July 23, 2013

So sorry to hear about Gary passing. Wish we had known earlier so we could have attended. Prayers for all.

Charlene Church

July 23, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Charlene Church and family