James A. “Jim” Cooper

Published 12:00 pm Monday, August 7, 2017

James A. “Jim” Cooper

August 4, 2017

James A. “Jim” Cooper, 85, of Climax, Ga., passed away Friday, August 4, 2017.

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The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. David Pickering officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery with Lee Boutwell, Curtis Davis, David Lilliston, Harry Sullivan, Steve Brock, Alan Davis and Barry Soloman serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com.

Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St, New York, NY 10016.

James Alton Cooper was born January 8, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Henry Alton Cooper and Ophelia Keaton. Jim attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was an Airplane Mechanic in the United States Air Force. He retired as VP of Operations from the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Cox Enterprises and the Washington Post.

Jim was a self-motivated, driven, do-it-myself kind of individual. He was mechanically inclined and could fix anything. Some people have referred to him as a modern day John Wayne because of his strong character, high moral standards, generous and genuine personality, and loyalty. Even though he was a soft-spoken man, he commanded respect. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed quail hunting.

Survivors include his son, Jim Cooper and his wife, Lori, of Thomasville, Ga.; his grandchildren, Catherine Nicole Cooper, Jay Hunter Cooper and Joshua Lynton Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Doris B. Cooper, and an infant daughter.