Blucher Hamilton Cooper III of Atlanta, died October 7, 2018, at the age of 87 at home of natural causes. Blucher was born July 24, 1931, in Eufaula, Alabama. He was the son of Blucher Hamilton Cooper, Jr. and Florence Thomas Cooper, both deceased and stepson of Dr. Frank W. Riggs, deceased. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret "Peggy" Cooper, and survived by his daughter Margaret and her husband Pete Snyder of Lawrenceville, Georgia, a son, Blucher H. Cooper IV and his wife Barbara of Basking Ridge, NJ, and daughter Elizabeth G. Cooper of Atlanta, three grandsons, Blucher H. Cooper, V, Christopher A. Snyder (Lauren), and Robert T. Snyder. He was predeceased by Step-Brother, Frank W. Riggs (Isobel), Montgomery, AL and Step-Sister Susan Walker (Mac), Millsted, AL.
He grew up in Birmingham, AL and attended Ramsey H.S., McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, and graduated from Lanier H.S. in Montgomery, AL. He attended the University of Alabama where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. While in college, he joined the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He served as a Sargent with the 25th Division, 69th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea.
Returning to the University of Alabama, he graduated with a B.S. in Marketing. In 1956 he married Margaret Ann Gray and after moving around the southeast employed by Linde Air Products, the family moved to Atlanta in 1962. He spent most of his business life in Commercial Real Estate, working in leasing, sales, property management, building & development and owning a small Commercial Real Estate firm. In the early 1980's he bought one of the first Personal Computers and had been a computer nut since. He was an avid reader, as well as a fan of the Braves and Alabama football.
After retirement from real estate, he became involved as a volunteer with a number of non-profit groups where he served as Chair of Board of Trustees, Westminster Presbyterian Homes. Mr. Cooper received The Trustee of the Year Award in 1995 from the GA Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He was President, Atlanta PC Users group, and was one of the Founders of FREE BYTES (A group that refurbished old computers and gave them to non- profit groups). Active with Peachtree Presbyterian Church, he had served as an Elder, Chair. of the Board of Deacons and in many other areas. In later years he was active with the Buckhead Kiwanis and went skydiving to celebrate his 80th birthday.
After cremation, there will be a Memorial Service on October 18, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA with private burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL.
Please, no flowers.
Memorial gifts may be made to the:
- Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road NW
Atlanta GA 30305
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 14, 2018