Billy T. Cooper, 81 years of age, passed away Tuesday September 19, 2017 at UH-Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Born in Bernie, West Virginia on December 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Melvin and Myrtle (Jenkins) Cooper. Formerly of Cleveland, he had been a resident of the Freedom area since 1998.
Mr. Cooper had been employed as a press operator at Pettibone in Cleveland from where he retired in 1995. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was not at all shy about going out to eat, or enjoying a good meal at home, especially those fried potatoes.
He will forever be remembered for the love he had for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they will always have memories of their grandpa and the love they had for him. Billy’s entire family will also fondly recall in the years ahead, that love, and his friendly way to all with whom he came in contact.
On March 17, 1960, he married his beloved wife Betty (Stone) Cooper who survives at their home. Also surviving are his devoted children James T. Cooper, Steven R. Cooper and Beverly A. Girdler all of Freedom, and Karen L. (Edward) DeBolt of Valley View, Ohio; his dear siblings Ernie Adkins, Archie Adkins both of Alkol, West Virginia, Tommy Adkins and Susie Cooper both of Griffithsville, West Virginia, Irene ( Jerry) Coleman of Vermillion, Ohio and Linda Temple of Rock Creek, Ohio; 8 loving grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Billy was preceded in death by his devoted daughter Jeanie L. Cooper in 2002, his dear brothers Charles Cooper, Clydale Cooper, Paris Cooper, Raymond Adkins, Junior Adkins, Edward Adkins; dear sisters Lena Spurlock and Erma Hager; caring son-in-law Larry Girdler, and loving step-father Manvil Adkins.
Calling hours were held on September 22 from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service 4668 Pioneer Trail at the corner of St.Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255. Funeral services were held on Saturday September 23, 2017 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church of Garrettsville, where Billy was a member, 7656 St.Rt. 82, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231. Officiating was Pastor David Gray. Final resting place followed at Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom. His obituary, video tribute, condolences and memories may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.