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Thomas Ray Cooper

January 16, 1942 — May 16, 2023

Thomas Ray Cooper, 81, of Athens, TN, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at NHC Healthcare of Athens, TN. He was born in Sweetwater, TN. Son of the late Thomas Brown Cooper and Johnnie Mae Jayne Cooper.

Ray was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed his hunting trip to Alaska. Thomas retired from Thomas & Betts after 34 years.

Preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Cooper, stepsons, Brian, Scotty, and Allen.

Survivors include his son, Randall Cooper (Sandra), of Sweetwater; sisters, Carol Ellison (Nathaniel), of Sweetwater, Jean Thomas, of Englewood; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cousins; brother-in-laws, Donald Coleman and Melvin Coleman.

Special thanks to Hospice nurses, Sheila, Carlee, and all those who took care of him.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, 1:30 PM, at Clearwater Baptist Church Cemetery with procession leaving Companion Funeral Homes, 400 S. White Street, Athens, TN 373 at 12:30 PM. Hospice chaplain Joe Kemper officiating the service.

Service Schedule

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

Clearwater Baptist Church Cemetery

964 County Road 180, Athens, TN 37303

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