James W. “Tommy” Cooper

April 13, 1929 - January 2, 2018
James W. “Tommy” Cooper

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James W. (“Tommy”) Cooper, 88, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock after a period of declining health. He was the son of Medford J. Cooper and Junivee Redden Cooper. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lorene Gossett, and a brother, Medford J. Cooper, Jr.

Tommy was raised in the Valley Hill Community and attended Flat Rock High School. From 1947-1949, he served in the US Navy. Tommy was co-founder of Industrial Maintenance Overflow, (I-MO-CO), in 1964 and served as President. In 1967, he founded Cooper Construction Company, a 50-year-old and third generation general contracting firm, and he retired in 1980 at the age of 57.

Upon his retirement in Sebring, Florida, Tommy became an avid bass fisherman. A lifetime houndsman and bear hunter, he traveled throughout the US and Ontario enjoying his sport. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville for over 40 years and a member of the Jimmy Cobb Sunday School class.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Laura Roberts Cooper; their sons, Tom and wife, Marie, Jeff and wife, Lynn, and Mike and wife, Pam Cooper, all of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Brad, Zach, Lane and Greg Cooper, Kelly Ford, Krystal Horan, Marci Raniszeski and Kerra Johnson; sisters, Sybil Kimbrell, Ruth Shepherd, Naomi Hollifield and Sandra Rubin; twelve great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Hendersonville First Baptist Church. The Reverends Brad Cooper and Steve Scoggins will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:15 am at the church. Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Saturday, January 6, 2018
11:30 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:00 PM

Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mausoleum - Directions
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Saturday, January 6, 2018
10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • January 06, 2018
    Shirley Redden (Ken,s wife) says:
    Laura and family, what a blessing to have 68 years together. It was a blessing to know you. , even though it had been some time since I saw you. Ken was in touch almost daily with the boys while he was alive. My prayers are with you at this difficult time, M ay God grant you the peace and comfort that can only He can.

  • January 19, 2018
    Chuck & Ruth Fent says:
    Just heard of the passing of Tommy, we missed you both so much when you left Buttonwood Bay in Sebring..we had so much fun, memories and stories!! Meeting your lovely family and prayers hugs to all of you god has a special man in heaven

  • January 09, 2018
    Michael and Ruth (Mintz) Perry says:
    Sandra and Family, So sorry to hear of your brother, Tommy's passing. May God comfort you and the Family during this time. Think of you often. Our prayers are with you during this time.