Wade Thomas Cooper, Sr.

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

MAY 24, 1925 - NOVEM­BER 8, 2018

Wade Thomas “WT” Cooper, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Sav­ior Je­sus Christ on Novem­ber 8, 2018. A mem­ber of the Great­est Gen­er­a­tion, he served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps on a B-26 bomber in the Eu­ro­pean The­ater. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing and faith­ful wife of 69 years, Marie Wil­son Cooper and three chil­dren: Cathy Oaks, Wade Cooper Jr. (Myrna) and Bob Cooper (Marla); seven grand­chil­dren: Kelly Howard, Kim Flood, Tray Cooper, Ash­ley Ses­soms, Blair Mize, Jes­sica Viall, and Kyle Pear­son; and eleven great-grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his sis­ter, Edna Earle Stur­di­vant (Joe), brother Don­ald Cooper (Dot) and sis­ter-in-law Bar­bara Cooper. He is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents: Wil­liam Earl and Ruby Stevens Cooper, and brother Doug Cooper.

“WT” owned Cooper’s Fur­ni­ture House in Cary, NC with his broth­ers for over 30 years, in­her­it­ing the busi­ness from his fa­ther in 1952. He was past pres­i­dent of the Raleigh Fur­ni­ture Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, past Com­man­der of the Cary Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 67, a pre­vi­ous mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tors of BB&T, a mem­ber of the Cary Ro­tary Club and long-time mem­ber of Cary First Bap­tist Church, where he taught Sun­day School for many years.

“WT” loved to travel with Marie, es­pe­cially to his sum­mer home in Pine Knoll Shores, NC (the “Camp”) and Day­tona Beach Shores, FL, where he could be found fish­ing in years past, or re­lax­ing on the beach and talk­ing with his many friends. While in the Cary, NC he loved eat­ing break­fast with long-time friends and vis­it­ing the YMCA for ex­er­cise and fel­low­ship.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 11:00AM12:45PM on Tues­day, Novem­ber 13, at First Bap­tist Church, 218 S. Academy Street, Cary, with a fu­neral ser­vice im­me­di­ately after at 1:00PM. Burial will fol­low at Mont­lawn Me­mo­rial Park, 2911 S. Wilm­ing­ton Street, Raleigh.

The fam­ily wishes to thank the tremen­dous staff at Gle­naire Re­tire­ment Cen­ter in Cary, NC, and his doc­tor, Todd Hel­ton, for their lov­ing care dur­ing this last year of his declining health. In lieu of flowers, please con­sider do­nat­ing to Alexan­der Fam­ily YMCA and/or Cary First Bap­tist Church in remembrance of his life. Ar­range­ments by BrownWynne, Cary, NC.

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