Mr Charles "Charlie" James Cooper

  • BORN: May 9, 1924
  • DIED: May 30, 2013
  • LOCATION: Boyce, Louisiana

Charles "Charlie" Cooper

1924-2013

Services for Charles James "Charlie" Cooper, 89, of Alexandria, will be held at
10 AM Saturday, June 1, 2013 at, First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
with Dr. Henry Blount, Dr. Barry Hoekstra, and Rev. Carolyn Fletcher
officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of
John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00PM Friday, May 31, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home and
9 am until time of service on Saturday, at First United Methodist Church of
Alexandria.

Charles was born May 9, 1924, in Boyce, LA, and grew up on his family's farm
nearby. He went to be with the Lord on May 30, 2013, at St. Francis Cabrini
Hospital while surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Willard and Elsie Meier Cooper and
four siblings, Hazel Maxwell, Dorothy Smith, Leon Cooper, and John "Buddy"
Cooper.

Charles was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean conflict where he piloted B-29
Bomber Aircrafts, flying over 27 combat missions. He was awarded numerous medals
during his service. After being forced to crash land his B-29, Charles returned
into the burning wreck to free an injured crew member and carry him to safety.
For that valiant act, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal. After his military
service, Charles continued to enjoy flying private airplanes.

In 1953 Charles Cooper founded the Rent-It-Company and A Rental Gallery stores.
He remained the President until his retirement in 2002, when his son Kirk took
over daily operations. He was also active in the rental of real estate.

Charles was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria where he
was active in the 50-50 Sunday school class, served as President of the
Administrative Board, and various other committees. He also served on the Board
of Directors of Rapides Bank for many years, was a member of the Alexandria
Rotary Club and the Rental Association of Louisiana.

Charles' true passion was duck hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 67 years, Janet
Naquin Cooper, son, Kirk Cooper and wife, Sally of Alexandria, daughter, Debbie
McLemore and husband David, of Winnsboro, LA, grandsons Wes Cooper and wife,
Julie of Beaufort, NC., Casey Cooper and wife Jessica, Ben Cooper and wife
Rachel, Blake Cooper and wife Lindsay, all of Alexandria, granddaughters Melissa
McLemore of Frisco, TX, and Michelle McLemore of Plano, TX, as well as 5
great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wes Cooper, Casey Cooper, Ben Cooper, Blake Cooper, Terry
White, and Mark Cazes.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Charles James Cooper.

Online notes of condolences may be sent to the family at kramerfunerals@aol.com.


Condolences

“ SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS- MR COOPER WAS A GREAT PERSON TO LOOK UP TO AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY AS WELL. ”

Posted by: BETTY BONIAL BYRD - ALEXANDRIA, LA

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