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Fred R. Cooper

1929-2017

Published: July 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Fred R. Cooper, 87 of Signal Mountain, died peacefully June 30, 2017 at his residence at Alexian Village. He was born October 4, 1929 in Chattanooga to the late Fred W. and Nell (McCalla) Cooper. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Pauline and his son, Michael, as well as, his sister, Lillian Vancil of Ravenna, Ohio and his brother, William Cooper of Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

During his childhood, he lived in Chattanooga as well as in Georgia and North Carolina, eventually settling in Windham, Ohio where he graduated from high school. He also attended Kent State University studying business.

Fred R. Cooper

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 until 1952 as a medical corpsman. During his service, he was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and served proudly aboard the destroyer Charles H. Roan.

After military service, Pauline and Fred settled in Ravenna, Ohio where he began his career with the Firestone Corporation in transportation management. In 1963, he began a long career as a civilian employee with the U.S. government at Joliet Ammunition Procurement and Supply Agency in Illinois. From 1968 until 1971 he served as a Department of the Army civilian Transportation Director in Vietnam.

In 1972, he and his family moved to Heidelberg, Germany where he continued his civil service for the next 21 years. During those years, he traveled extensively for business and took many trips with the family throughout Europe. He retired in 1993 and returned to Tennessee following Pauline's death.

Throughout his life, he loved travelling. One of his fondest memories was when he was 4 years old. His maternal grandfather took him on the train from Chattanooga to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1934. He also loved cars, especially sports cars, and proudly had many throughout the years. He was an avid reader and history buff particularly WW2 history.

Above all, his greatest pleasure was his life with Pauline and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. He was an extraordinary person, whose life shone brightly on the many who loved and admired him. He will forever be "Freddie", Daddy, and Opa to them all.

Survivors include children, Michele C. Moosman (Mike) of Tarpon Springs, FL; Celeste C. Akright (Mike) of Elgin, SC; and Melanie C. Theisen, (Marc) of Signal Mountain, TN. Grandchildren include Brian L. Talley (Amanda) of Murphy, NC; Nicholas C. Akright (Gena) of Lugoff, SC; Elizabeth A. Morris (Kanon) of Portland, OR; Olivia L. Theisen, Sophia P. Theisen, Marc C. Theisen, of Signal Mountain, TN and Julia D. Theisen of Chattanooga, TN. Great grandchildren are Levi J. Akright of Lugoff, SC and Talullah F. Talley of Murphy, NC.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Alexian Brothers for their care and support and also to Hospice of Chattanooga and Brightstar.

All are welcome to attend the graveside service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Friday, July 7 at 12:30 pm. A Celebration of Life service will immedialty follow at Alexian Village, Signal Mountain.

Memorials in his name may be made to the American Red Cross or St Jude Children's Hospital.

To view an online guest registry visit www.hamiltonfuneraloptions.com.

Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 4506 Hixson Pike. 423-531-3975

(Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 423-531-3975, RC 7/5/17)


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