Stephen Mozley Cooper

December 14, 1945May 18, 2018

Stephen (Steve) Mozley Cooper, age 72, passed away Friday, May 18 at his home in the Abernethy Laurels Village, Newton, NC.

Steve was born Dec. 14, 1945 in Rome, GA to the late James Wallace Cooper, Sr. and Jewell Elizabeth Mozley Cooper. He was also preceded in death by a brother James Wallace Cooper, Jr.

In addition to living in Rome, GA, Steve spent his youth in Danville, VA and Tarboro, NC. During those years, he was active in scouting and received the Eagle Scout award. A graduate of North Carolina State University, he was a man of varied talents whose professional life was spent as an engineer, accountant, and purchasing agent. A smart and exceptionally talented person, Steve played the piano and organ, was a professional tenor soloist in Raleigh, NC as well as volunteer in church choirs for over 50 years. He built furniture, created backyard landscaping and exquisite paintings, and made cheese straws coveted by the lucky recipients of his gifts. Steve was an active member of churches wherever he and Melva lived – Eden, Hickory, Charlotte and Newton, NC - serving on various committees, and he was an ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed working with the Civitan Club in Eden and Kiwanis Club in Hickory. Additionally, he was blessed with a quick, sarcastic wit that was loved by most and questioned by some. It was easy to know his opinion on any subject. Steve was also passionate in his love for Melva, for family and for many friends and adopted family members – especially the children in his life. His family and friends loved him back.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Melva Hailman Cooper of the home; his brother Alan Wynn Cooper and brother-in-law Richard Louis Balducci of Baltimore, MD; his sister Catherine Lane Cooper of Charlotte, NC; niece Alice Williamson Jones (Heath) and great niece Jewell of Raleigh, NC; nephew Samuel Cooper Williamson (Linda) and great nephews and niece, Bennett, Clara and Maxwell of Peachtree City, GA; and beloved godchildren, semi-adopted children, and neighbor children and families.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Newton, NC on Thursday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. David Roquemore officiating.

A gathering of friends will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Steve’s memory may be made to the Benevolent or Spiritual Life Fund of United Church Homes & Services Foundation, 100 Leonard Avenue, Newton, NC 28658; The Mission or Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658; or a charity of your choice.


  • United Church Homes & Services Foundation
  • First Presbyterian Church


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stephen Mozley Cooper

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Amber Micka

June 5, 2018

My condolences to the family for your loss. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15

Faye Cary

May 22, 2018

Steve was a 1963 Classmate of mine!!! He was so talented in school!!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family!!! RIP Steve.

Carol Hall

May 22, 2018

Steve and and I were in high school together. I always remember the assemblies in the auditorium and if music was needed Steve always provided that along with Julianna singing. About 25 years later Steve and his wife Melba were members of our church ... first United Methodist Church and Steve often filled in for our organist. His wife Melva was a counselor at Hickory high school ....I have you in my prayers , Melva. Carol Hall