June 28, 1932 – May 11, 2016
Jimmy Earl Cooper, 83, a lifetime resident of Madison County, passed away Wednesday, May 11.
Surviving are wife, Johnnie Lyle Cooper; children Michael (Beth) Cooper and Yvonne (Bob) Reynolds; grandchildren, Samuel Cooper, Ginny Cooper McCarley (Will), and Olivia Reynolds; great grandson Jude McCarley; brothers Leonard, Neil (Dollie) and Gary (Brenda) and several nieces and nephews.
Jimmy was born June 28, 1932, in New Hope, Alabama. After graduating high school, he married his high-school sweetheart, Johnnie Lyle, on February 9, 1952. Jimmy served in the army from 1953-1955.
He had a career in construction as a construction manager with Bryson Construction Company for more than 25 years, building the Nursing and Student Union buildings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Fine Arts building, dormitories, and Gymnasium-Natatorium complex for Alabama A&M University. He also constructed many buildings on Redstone Arsenal and throughout north Alabama.
He was an avid fisherman, gardener, and loved to play cards and dominoes. He loved and appreciated all the good gifts of life, and most of all the love he enjoyed with his friends and family. He was the most devoted Pawpaw to his grandchildren, Olivia, Ginny and Sam, and even got to play and laugh with his great grandson, Jude. His wit, playfulness, keen intelligence and joy even in the midst life’s problems will never be forgotten. All who knew him will look forward to hearing his wonderful laugh when we meet again.
Visitation will begin Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with services at 3 p.m. at New Hope Funeral Home with James Daughtry officiating. Interment at Hayden Cemetery.