Josephine King Cooper

February 26, 1928 - November 17, 2013
Josephine King Cooper


Josephine King Wright Cooper, 85, of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

She was born in Wilmington to the late Benjamin and Carrie Wright. Mrs. Cooper graduated from Williston Senior High and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Elizabeth City Teacher’s College. She married her college sweetheart, Edward Cooper, Sr. She was involved in many civic and social organizations including the NAACP, where she proudly participated in many civil rights marches and picket lines; and The Cliques, a local women’s social group. She retired from the Port Chester School system. In her own words she said, “I’ve lived a most rewarding life with so many friends, and experiences. I’ve been a world traveler especially enjoying the many cruises I’ve shared with my friends and family.”

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Edward Cooper, Jr.

Survivors include her loving husband, Edward Cooper, Sr.; son, Garry Cooper, of Wilmington; two sisters, Mary Wright Gaines of Detroit, MI, and Barbara Wright Wright of West Orange, NJ; grandsons, Christopher Cooper of CA, and Patrick Cooper of FL; and great grandchildren, Nathaniel Cooper and Sabra Cooper, both of CA.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Perry Griffin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church c/o Ms. Betty Glenn, 712 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • November 19, 2013
    FRANCIS J. WHELAN says:
    TO EDWARD AND GARY MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU KEEP THE FAITH FRANK

  • November 19, 2013
    Lorence Pope says:
    I offer my sincerest condolences. Ms. Cooper had a huge (positive) impact on my childhood. She will be sincerely missed. May God bless.

  • November 21, 2013
    Mary & Harry Johnson says:
    MAY MEMORIES COMFORT YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW.