William "Bill" J. Cooey

April 22, 1926May 17, 2014


William “Bill” J. Cooey passed the evening of Friday, May 16, 2014. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and worked for many years at Monsanto. Bill was well known for his woodcarving, which he displayed for many years at the Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival. He also taught woodcarving at the John C. Campbell Folk School and has his works in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute as well as the University of West Florida. Bill is survived by his wife, Sue; his son, Julian Cooey; and his two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11 AM at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Pastor Joe Prestridge officiating. Interment will follow in Bayview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 AM until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Bill’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 22, 2014

William "Bill" J. Cooey

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Mary Raisler

September 14, 2014

Dear Sue and Julian:
I was so saddened to read of Bill's death. He was a wonderful member, as were you Sue, at Avalon Baptist Church. I know you both will miss him greatly. I pray you will find comfort and peace through the goodness of God and all the wonderful memories he left. I remember a few nights of singing and playing guitars with Bob Drummond, Margie Drummond, Lindy as well as you Julian around a campfire in the yard. Those were the days, my friend! All my love.

Dan Stewart

July 18, 2014

A Florida treasure. As long as I practice law, Bill's larger carvings will remain the first things viewed when you enter my office. His canes and other smaller carvings, all gifts, are throughout the office. At my request Bill carved the mantel at the steak house in Milton-so all could enjoy his genius and love for sharing. You can also visit his gifts at the Smithsonian. A great friend with a great heart. Missed dearly-yet I will smile at you daily through your gifts.

Dick Carter

July 3, 2014

Dear Sue, and Max,
Just now, 7-3-14, read of Bill's home going.
Farewell to a good man and beloved friend and teacher.
Thirteen sticks stand in my living room rack. Each brings up a great memory of time with Bill and others.

L.B. Jones

June 3, 2014

Really enjoyed knowing Bill and taking his carving and morse code classes.

May 27, 2014

Sue and Julian, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have a beautiful necklace that I treasure that Bill carved for me
Betty Buckelew Greco

Joseph DuBose

May 26, 2014

I regret to read of the earthly loss of Bill Cooey. Like many of his generation, he was a fine example of a good citizen and highly visible member of the Christian faith. I remember seeing Bill and his family at church services on Sundays in the late-1960s and once visited him and his family at his home in Pensacola when he and his son tried to get me to play a game of chess. I always enjoyed reading about his ham radio operations and abilities in engineering. He truly loved his wife and son.

May 23, 2014

So sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I had the privilege of knowing him for the past forty years as a family friend. He was a wonderful man. Two of his carved hiking staffs that he created many years ago for my late father are among my prized possessions. He was such a talented artist. Bill will truly be missed!

Eric Buckelew, Gulf Breeze

May 21, 2014

Our prayers are with you and our family in this time of loss. May God Bless all of you.

The Delp Family (Gulf Breeze, FL0

Fred & Linda Gamble

May 21, 2014

We are grieving the loss of our dear friend, Bill. We will always treasure our years of friendship with him, his wonderful stories and history lessons, his beautiful works of art, and his wisdom. He was the sweetest, kindest person, and we will miss him. We are sending our love to Sue and Julian.

Robin Hiers

May 21, 2014

I'm praying for Julian & the family as they grieve the loss of Bill!