Chaplain Carl Lee Cooper, 87, died at home on October 4th, 2017. The son of Charlie Foster and Minnie Belle Cooper, Carl was born on October 30, 1929 and spent his young life in Atlanta, Georgia.
From the age of nine, Carl knew he was going to be a preacher and, at age 18, he preached his first sermon.
After graduating from Atlanta Christian College (now Point University) he ministered to churches in Adairsville, Savanna, Atlanta, and Bainbridge, Georgia; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Chesapeake, Virginia. He served as the Assistant Chaplain at the Bainbridge (Georgia) State Hospital, Southwestern State Hospital Thomasville (Georgia) and retired as Chaplain of the Riverside Regional Convalescent Center in Newport News.
Upon receiving his MSEd from Old Dominion University, he became a Licensed Professional Marriage and Family Counselor in both Newport News and Norfolk. During his ministry and retirement, he filled in where needed for over 80 churches in the Tidewater Virginia area.
Carl was a long-time contributor to the Christian broadcast ministries in Bainbridge, GA and the surrounding areas at WAZA and WMGR, as well as weekly contributions to the Post-Searchlight, as well as, other Christian publications.
He was instrumental in founding the FLAGALA Christian Service Camp and involved in many other ministerial organizations around the state. A long-term member of the Lions Club, serving in many State level capacities.
Carl is survived by his wife, Nedena Cooper; daughter: Kathleen Mosteller (Florida); sons: Mark Cooper (Georgia), Philip [Jenny] Cooper (Tennessee), Rick Smith (Midlothian) and Rob [Sue] Smith (Va Beach); eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Gina, Kristen, Christopher, Meagan, Daniel, Alex, and Faith, and one great-grand son, Ozil. He was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Cooper (Georgia) and his first wife, Dorothy Patricia Cooper.
Celebration of Life will be held at the First Church of God, 8600 Granby Street, Norfolk on October 21 at 11:00. Family visitation one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, SEVA Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk VA 23502-4017.
Notes to the family may be left on....
"Only God knows the number of hours you poured into your ministry - He will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for Him by helping His people" (Heb 6:10)