March 22, 1941 ~ May 7, 2020

Born in: Athens, GA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

George Harrison Cooper, 79, of Asheville, died Thursday, May 7, 2020, at CarePartners Solace Center.

Born in Athens, GA, to the late Marvin R. and Sybil Stone Cooper, he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS and MS in Economy and worked as an Administrative Officer for the US Department of Commerce from 1964 to 2001. He served in the USMCR from August 1960 until August 1965.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Judy Maples Cooper; his son, Garth Cooper (Jana); his daughters, Emily Christopher (Scott) and Melanie Parham (Chris); grandsons, Dylan S. Christopher and Antonin Cooper; and granddaughter, Evelina Cooper.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 2 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: July 2, 2020 3:00 pm

St. John's Episcopal Church
290 Old Haw Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. So sorry for your loss! George always made me smile with his sense of humor and love for his family. I pray that you are comforted in your sorrow And that your hearts are filled with beautiful memories of George and how he made the world a better place.

  2. The Land of the Sky CHorus lost a 13yr member, George Cooper. George was a character, a great and interesting guy, and sang a very good Bass. He was a Civil War buff. He and I got into a number of Civil War discussions, as we both had ancestors in the war, on opposite sides. He wrote many Letters to the Editor to AC-T and was never afraid to offer his opinion on anything. George told me a few weeks ago that he was dying. In true George Cooper style, he was facing it head on. Keep his wife Judy and the family in your prayers.
    RIP George Cooper! It was an honor sing with you.

  3. Judy, and the entire family… George was the best boss, that I have ever works for. He was a great friend. Will miss him with our friendly wager on the Alabama/Tennessee football games each year.. Prayers for entire family… And, for George, in the true Marine Corps fashion… Semper Fi…


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