2006-06-15 / Obituaries

Joel Robert "Joe" Cooper, Sr.

Mr. Joel Robert "Joe" Cooper, Sr., husband of Orena Talbert Cooper, of Bethany Church Road, entered into rest Thursday, June 8, 2006 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 at Bethany United Methodist Church with Revs. Elton Lawson and T.G. Hall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Copper, a native of Black Mountain, N.C., was the son of Joel R. and Lena Burgess Cooper. He owned and operated Cooper's Paint & Body for 54 years and served in the Merchant Marines. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church where he had served as Sunday School Teacher, song leader, and president of the Men's Club.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joel R. "Trey" Copper III, and his brother, Charles M. Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Orena Talbert Cooper; two sons, Joel R. "Bob" Cooper and wife, Linda and Larry Dean Copper and wife, Gail, all of Lincolnton; one brother, John Cooper of San Jose, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Josh Cooper, Hal Radford, Thomas Gartrell, Travis Reed, Chris Cooper, and Norman Talbert. Honorary pallbearers were members of Bethany United Methodist Church Men's Club and Marvin Banks, Joe Sapp, and Bruce Rowland.

Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton, was in charge of arrangements.

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