Obituaries


Gary B. Cooper

August 10, 1951 - June 15, 2020

Burial Date

Mr. Gary B. Cooper, age 68, died Monday, June 15, 2020, at his home in Bainbridge, Georgia. Due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held later.

Gary B. Cooper was born August 10, 1951 in Silver Springs, Maryland. His parents, Ottice Lee Cooper and Catherine Elizabeth Smith Cooper, have preceded him in death. Gary was a well-known and trusted floor specialist for over 45 years, working with tile, carpet, and wood. He was a talented carpenter and remodeled many homes and offices in the local area. Among other interest, Gary was an accomplished blues musician and played guitar both for fun and on stage, having been in a band or two in the 80s and 90s. He performed locally at clubs and various venues. His recent baptism into the Seventh Day Adventist church was something he spoke of often and he greatly missed attending the services and the fellowship he had come to enjoy before the pandemic. Gary touched many lives in many places and will be missed by his family and many friends. After a successful surgery, we were not expecting the loss of our father, brother, and friend but are reminded of the fragility of life.

Mr. Cooper was the beloved father of Nickolas Cooper (Anglett) of Bainbridge and Michael Thomas (fiancé, Sandi) of Raleigh, North Carolina; beloved brother of Leonard Cooper (Marion) of Indio, California, Wade Cooper of Orlando, Oklahoma, and Pauline Cooper of Charleston, South Carolina. He was also dearly loved by Wade Cooper, Jr. (Rosie) and son, Wade Cooper, III of Orlando, Oklahoma, Kent Cooper, and Jenner Cooper of California; additional family, Melly Rentz Swain and Jake Shiver of Tallahassee, Florida, and Allie Darley and Dustin Darley of Bainbridge. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Cooper.