Mr. Lee Morton Cooper

Published 3:16 pm Saturday, March 17, 2007

By Staff
Mr. Lee Morton Cooper, age 76, of 103 Forest Lane, died at home on Friday, March 16, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 2 p.m. The Reverend Charles Kettlewell and the Reverend Josh T. MacKenzie will celebrate his life with family and friends.
Lee Cooper was born in Washington on September 12, 1930, the son of the late Robert Nash Cooper and Etta Lee Cooper. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Campbell Cooper of Washington and Robert Nash Cooper of Wilmington.
Lee Cooper was a graduate of Washington High School and Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia, and studied mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University. He joined the US Air Force, and served in Korea.
After returning to Washington, Lee Cooper began a life-long career revolving around mechanics. He serviced and sold farm equipment, worked for several car dealerships, and later opened his own business. A professional high point was his big opportunity, for several years during the month of May, to work for the Patrick Racing Team at the Indianapolis 500. He was especially thrilled to be a crew member the year that the team took first place.
Lee Cooper was a member of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, and was co-chairman, at one time, of the renovation and restoration of the church and grounds. He served on the vestry, and later as junior warden.
Lee Cooper loved his family, his friends, his work, his dog Mac, and the Pamlico River.
Surviving are his wife, Athalia MacKenzie Cooper; three daughters, Athalia Tayloe Cooper and Etta Elizabeth Cooper, both of Washington, and Kathryn Cooper Forrest and her husband, Harry Forrest of Richmond, Virginia; and a son, Lee Cooper, Jr., and his wife, Wendy Waters Cooper, also of Washington, and their daughters, Kelly Jeanette Waters and Morgan Katherine Cooper.
Although thoughts and flowers are appreciated, those wishing to send a memorial are asked to consider Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church Building Fund, 101 North Bonner Street - Marion L. Shephard Cancer Center, 1209 Brown Street - Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, 108 North Gladden Street - all of Washington, NC 27889 - or the charity of their choice.
The family will receive friends at the home, 103 Forest Lane, from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 17th.
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Hillside Funeral Service of Washington is serving the Cooper family.
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