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Thomas E. Cooper

Thomas E. Cooper

June 27, 1949 - January 16, 2017     Age: 67

Mr. Thomas E. Cooper, age 67, formerly of Pinehurst, GA, passed away on Monday evening, January 16, 2017 at the Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Born in Albuquerque, NM, he was the son of the late Bill and Gladys Cooper of Pinehurst, GA.  He graduated from Unadilla High School in Unadilla, Georgia, Class of 1967.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  In 1969, he married Diane Roberts; also from Pinehurst.  Mr. Cooper retired as a SMSgt after serving 22 1/2 years in the US Air Force. He proudly served in the Security Police and then as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI).  After retiring, he worked as a Loss Prevention Manager for Home Depot and Costco.  In 2007, he and his wife moved to Yulee, FL to be near their two daughters.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Snelling and Kathryn Roberts, and a sister-in-law, Mary Maude Branch, all of Pinehurst, GA.

Mr. Cooper leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Diane Roberts Cooper of Yulee, FL; their two daughters, Kim Cooper Wadley (Chris) and Lori Cooper Scott (Jarrod); and their grandchildren, Lex Wadley, Hannah Scott and Hailey Scott, all of Jacksonville, FL.  He is also survived by his brother, Jim Cooper (Sherry), Alamogordo, NM and sisters-in-law, Patsy Roberts Ponder (Gary), Lilburn, GA and Carole Roberts Yeager, Newnan, GA.

His family will receive friends on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm at Oxley Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, FL.

The procession will assemble and depart from the funeral home at 1:15 pm.

Funeral services will follow at 2:30 pm on Monday, at Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL.   Mr. Cooper will be laid to rest with full military honors accorded by the United States Air Force Ceremonial Detail, Moody Air Force Base, GA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring, 1348 S. 18th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

12 Condolences

  • Kim Davis Posted January 17, 2017 7:45 pm

    Diane, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. An earthly angel has gained his heavenly wings. Loved visiting and talking with Tom when y’all would come up to your moms.

  • Rodney Brannen Posted January 18, 2017 3:15 pm

    Diane, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. You and your family have meant so much to me through the years. I will be praying for you during this difficult time.

  • Bobbie Sullivan Posted January 18, 2017 5:27 pm

    No words can express how I feel about the loss of one of my very best friend . Tom was more than a friend, he and Diane were my “adopted” family members. Our friendship grew over the years into a comfortable and loving relationship. He will truly be missed but is no longer in pain and now in God’s care. We will meet again. Rest in Peace my dear friend. I will always love you and never forget our good times together.

  • Bea Lanzetti Posted January 19, 2017 9:12 am

    Diane, We were so sorry to hear about Tom.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Violet Gonzalez Posted January 19, 2017 9:36 am

    Dear Cooper Family, my thoughts and prays go out to your famil on the loss of a wonderful person. Tom was a great person to work with and great boss. He will be missed by his Costco family. RIP TOM

  • Forrest Duff Posted January 19, 2017 10:02 am

    Tom will be missed but never forgotten. Not only did I have the honor of being inspired by Tom in my professional career, but also in my personal life. Tom was a mentor, a teacher and one of the most upstanding people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Tom is a friend.

  • Thomas Farano Posted January 19, 2017 5:41 pm


    On behalf of myself and the entire Costco Organization please accept our condolences in the loss of Tom. Having worked with Tom we came to know each well and shared many stories both professionally and personally. He was a great help when my son was going through his cancer treatment and I will never forget that. Tom you will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Christine and Kenny Cole Posted January 19, 2017 8:52 pm

    Special Prayers and Thoughts are with family and friends of the loss of a great man. It was an honor to know Tom, a man of many talents. God has chosen another Angel to be by His side. R.I.P. Tom.
    Your neighbor,

  • Ashley Tupper Davis and Jim Davis Posted January 21, 2017 7:18 pm

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. We are are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man.

  • Lindsay Tupper Posted January 21, 2017 7:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers for all Mr. Cooper’s family and friends. My memories are of a warm and funny man who was always smiling and had lots of great stories.

  • JIMMY AND SARA BORUM Posted January 23, 2017 12:17 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve a lot of memories of our growing up days in Unadilla and the times we shared. Praying for peace that comes only from God for you Diane and the family.

  • Bob Barksdale Posted January 25, 2017 12:41 pm

    Diane, The picture of Tom is a wonderful picture. I will always remember that smile. You and the girls, and their families continue to be in Dianne’s and my prayers. We will be forever grateful for that “old” Staff Sergeant and his wife for taking us under their wings and leading us (a “green behind the ears” airman and his wife) through our first few years in the Air Force. Tom is the epitome of what every law enforcement officer should be: professional beyond measure, unmatched integrity. Air Security Police and USOSI are better organizations for having Tom serving in both with distinction.

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