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In Memory Of Our Poets

Mr. Charles Ambrus Cooper, Jr. (1949-2017) (Band Director 1990s)

Charles Ambrus Cooper, Jr., age 68, a resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and formerly of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away at Hospice of West Alabama on Friday, April 7, 2017. He was born in Prattville, Alabama on March 17, 1949, to the late Charles A. Cooper, Sr. and Lola Davis Cooper. Many knew him as "Butch." He was a former band director of Autaugaville High School, Sidney Lanier High School, Columbus High School of Mississippi, and Stillman College. 

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife, Linda Merriweather Cooper; one son, Corey A. (Bridget) Cooper; one granddaughter, Tayla S. Cooper of Montgomery, Alabama; two devoted and loving sisters, Angela M. Cooper, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Kimberly Cooper (Ricky) Thomas of Reno, Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Brenda M. Butler and Pearlie M. (Samuel) Gray of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; two brothers-in-law, Stanley Merriweather and Charles (Geisel) Merriweather of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; three aunts, Fannie Robinson of Prattville, Alabama; Addie Davis of Chicago, Illinois, and Marion Davis of Thomasville, Georgia, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. 

The services celebrating the life of Charles Ambrus Cooper, Jr. will begin with a family hour on Friday, April 14, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rollins Mortuary, 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401. 

The funeral will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 12:00 noon, at Weeping Mary Baptist Church (host church), 2701- 20th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401, where the Rev. Rickey J. McKinney is the pastor. Pastor B. W. Hunter of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church (home church), will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Oak Memorial Park, 1401 Mimosa Park Road, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Charles A. Cooper, Jr. Memorial Fund. The fund will award scholarships to deserving senior band students (future band directors) at Alabama State University. Donations may be sent to Regions Bank, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Apr. 14, 2017.

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