William Bryant Cooper SR.

February 12, 1931 - March 22, 2016
William Bryant Cooper SR.

William “Bill” Bryant Cooper, Sr., 85, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on March 22, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends.

Bill was born to the late George and Naomi Cooper in Wilmington, NC on February 12, 1931.

Once retired Bill used his carpentry skills to make wooden crosses by hand for fellow believers. His interests included family, woodworking and fishing.  He devoted much of his time and energy to his church, Gospel Fellowship Holiness Church in Castle Hayne, NC where he was a faithful member and deacon.

Bill was blessed with a large and loving family.  He is survived by his wife, Catherine M. Cooper; his son Billy Cooper, Jr (Janice); his daughters, Wanda Bryant (Clayton), Linda Jarrett (Gary), Faye Gillen, Loretta Greene (Rudolph), and Lorene Luffman (Randy); 13 grandchildren, Robert, April, Christa, Jerry, George, Tabitha, Donald, Michelle, Eugene, Kim, Miranda, Ray, Jr., and Bryan; 27 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Dewey, his parents, and his grandson, Michael Sheppard.

Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC and will be followed by a Funeral Service led by Reverend Robert Wilson, and Reverend William Cooper, Jr. at 7:00 pm.

Interment will be held on Monday, March 28, 2016, 2:00 pm at Prospect Cemetery for those who can attend.


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  • March 26, 2016
    Robert Gray Norman ll says:
    I was his favorite when I was little...He would have me behind his arm in the truck an he would take me out for ice cream all the time...I always loved my grandfather..He's always been special to me...an I will see him again one day!...

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