Cooper Gregory Snipes

July 5, 1999February 7, 2021

Our memories of Cooper Snipes are of a good hearted soul, trying to find his way in a world of difficult choices. From his youth, to the day he left us, he worked at being a better person, each day better than the person he had been the day before. We see him on pogo sticks, scooters and skateboards. ....forever playing basketball, riding his bike, or his motorcycles, or playing soccer ... and he did it all with enviable skill and abandon. He was always on the move. He and his brother Caden were best friends to each other. As all brothers will, they battled in hard fought competitions. No matter what the prize, they were both winners in all that they attempted, both naturally gifted.

Another Integral influence in his young life, was his sister Megan, Nate her husband and their two delightful children Brennan and Elle. He always welcomed the chance to spend time with them whether it was home in Iron Station, vacationing on the Waccamaw River or the countless fun filled days spent boating on Lake Norman. Although Megan and Nate grasp the finality of Cooper’s passing, he’s nephew and niece process it only as “Cooper is up in the Sky”.

Cooper had a love for his family that will never be extinguished. Carl Snipes, his grandfather, once told how Cooper was a true "Snipes". Greg, his Dad, and Cooper, went many a round during Cooper's growing up. In the end game they always learned something new from one another, always gained a new respect for each other and never stopped loving one another. His grandparents Ingrid and Dieter, (his very much loved Oma and Opa), along with his Aunt Tina were central in his life, always there to help, always there to provide support and give the best love a guy could ever hope to get.

And the most important person in his young life, his mother Tanja, was ALWAYS there to shepherd him, to watch over him, help him understand how things worked, ....why it was so. She helped him through the sometimes tough experiences as a boy and the complex world of becoming a man. Her love and guidance got him through many long days of learning.

Our memories are collections gathered up, each event in it's basket, each held separately, but also in combination, as narrative to our lives. When examining a life, it is not how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. We all love you Cooper Snipes. You are a much missed player in our narratives, each and every one of us. We know we will see each other again. Maybe you will give us some pointers on all the wonders that you have seen, as you go ahead of us and light the way.

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The family appreciates the outpouring of love and flowers that have been given to the Snipes family. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to toward the Cooper G. Snipes scholarship fund started in his honor. Donations ico: East Lincoln High School. 6471 NC-73, Denver, NC 28037 Attn: Principal Mary Beth Avery.


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Cooper Gregory Snipes

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Sydney Guerrero

February 25, 2021

My heart goes out to the Snipes family. Since Cooper and my son Jordan first became friends in third grade there was a forever connection between them too and the family always welcomed us into their family. They continued to stay friends throughout the childhood into the teenage years . Then we moved out of state and they found each other and reconnected. They have been best friends ever since planning summer vacations every year . Jordan couldn’t wait to get home from work so he could play Cooper on PS4 into the wee hours of the night. We will miss Cooper and his awesome memories will live on in our hearts forever. We were blessed to get know him 13 years of his life.

Katie Stein

February 21, 2021

Dear Tanja and Greg,

My heart goes out to you and your entire family for the loss of your beautiful boy.

The children who grew up alongside my own will always have a special place in my heart, and Cooper -with his big smile-is one of those. He was similar to my Matt in so many ways; I admired you so much, Tanja, as you lovingly parented your big-personalitied boy on the soccer sidelines. Cooper couldn’t have had a better Mom or more loving family.

I am so very, very sorry for your loss, and that the world won’t get to know the wonderful man that Cooper Snipes was undoubtedly going to become.

Katie, Matt, Riley, and Jacob Stein

Kayla Payne

February 21, 2021

Although I didn’t know Cooper personally, his Grandfather holds a special place in my heart, therefore his family feels like my own!! I am so saddened at the heartbreak the Snipes family is going through and want to send all my love and deepest condolences! I pray for comfort and most importantly peace for the days to come!
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for y’all!

With love,
The Payne’s

Marissa Levett

February 20, 2021

from the time i first met cooper i could tell he was the life of the party, he could walk into a room and make everyone smile. he would always come in and talk to me and caden about just about anything. always had a new story to tell. he was the best at making anybody laugh. and one thing i can say is he impacted my life for the better, from the day i met him to the day he left us. cooper will forever be in my heart, and i made a promise to take care of his brother and i plan to fulfill my promise to him. and i know one day we will all be reunited, but till that day comes we will continue to power through and keep him close in our hearts, forever.

Zack Borkowski

February 20, 2021

Cooper, I've had some of the best times of my life with you...From talking and laughing to going to the river house and riding ATV's...You taught me to always have fun in everything that I do...I can't describe how I feel but I know that you're happy and I will visit you someday...Much love to you brother...Fly free...

Melissa King

February 20, 2021

Thoughts and prayers being offered as you remember the spunky kid I taught in sixth-grade. I am truly sorry you are going through this!

Beth Parker

February 20, 2021

Tanja, I’m so sorry for your loss!!! I can’t imagine your pain. If there’s anything I can do, I’m here for you. I love you and I will be there when you decide on a service!!! Hugs and prayers!! Beth Clark Parker

Josh Johnson

February 19, 2021

I remember all the fun times Cooper and I spent hours just hanging out, playing games, riding bikes, doing dumb stunts, making jokes, pulling pranks. Man I miss it. Though we hadn’t been close in the past few years, I know if we would’ve gotten together it would’ve been no time lost. Because that’s who cooper was, someone who just genuinely loved his friends and enjoyed their presence. You will be missed brother, but those memories I’ll always cherish. For the family please know, I’m praying for y’all everyday, I can’t begin to understand what y’all are going through now, but I love you guys and praying earnestly for you.
“ “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭

Becky Ammons

February 19, 2021

I did not have the privilege of knowing the great Cooper Snipes but I have the honor of working side by side with his loving father daily. The way Greg speaks of his sons, daughter, sweet Tanja will give you a glimpse into the wonderful people they all are. Fierce loving, family centered, and an all around fun family to be around.

Cooper - My heart breaks for your life taken too soon because from what your dad says, you had a lot of impact left to make on this crazy thing we call life!

From my family to yours, we send our love and deepest condolences to the entire Snipes family. We love you all.

Love, Colby, Becky, Lilly, and soon-to-be Sutton Ammons.

Mckenzie Johnson

February 18, 2021

It feels like just yesterday the three of us where kids playing paintball in the back yard, making risky bike ramps to jump, telling scary stories till they turned to jokes, picking guitars and trying our hand at the skate park.
It’s hard to think this is real.
I just hope there’s plenty of dirt bikes and guitars in heaven to keep your go go spirit going.
Rest easy cooper, I love you

My thoughts and prayers go out to the snipes family.