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John Harding “G.D.” Cooper, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 in Greeneville.
He was born in Cocke County, on Nov. 26, 1920, to the late Gus David and Mollie Lovell Cooper. He was retired from Wall Tube Metal Products Co. and was a lifelong farmer, continuing to work on his farm until declining health in recent months prevented his doing so.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Clark Cooper; brothers: Creston Cooper, Charles Kermit Cooper and Clayton Cooper; sisters: Mary Cooper Hurst, Edna Cooper Taylor, Christine Cooper Gregg and Margaret Cooper Strickland.
Survivors include a daughter: Charlene O’Dell and husband, Norman, Unicoi; sons: Roger and wife, Jalaa, Unicoi; William “Bill” Cooper, Murfreesboro; and Michael and wife, Nora, Greeneville.; grandchildren: Melissa Cooper Reece and husband, Byron, Johnson City, Robert Cooper, Knoxville, Virginia O’Dell Mercer and husband, Mike, Ooltewah, Stephanie Cooper, Knoxville, David Cooper and Taylor Cooper, Greeneville; great-grandchildren: Amy and Andrew Mercer, Ooltewah and Kaitlyn and Max Reece, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating.
Interment was Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m, at Union Cemetery in Newport.
Pallbearers were Robert Cooper, David Cooper, Frankie Cooper, Jim Linderman, Mark Hill, Dale Hartsell, and Byron Reece.
Manes Funeral Home was in charge.