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Obituary for Ned Lee Cooper

July 23, 1945 – Apr 26, 2023

Ned Lee Cooper, 77, was called home by his Loving Savior on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Alcoa, Tenn., on July 23, 1945, the son of the late Baker Lee and Mattie Mae (nee: Ingram) Cooper.

Ned Lee Cooper
Ned Lee Cooper

On Dec. 5, 2011, he was united in marriage to Olivia Mallory Bolton. Mr. Cooper was employed by the J.I. Case Co. until starting his own trucking company. He was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Ned was an avid fisherman, enjoyed playing the guitar, and was famous for telling jokes and his tall tales. He also loved playing bingo with his friends at Fountain Hills Apartments. He was a kind-hearted man that loved to spread joy and make people laugh.

Surviving are his wife, Olivia; son, Alfonso Waters of Dodge County; stepchildren, Timothy (Leslie) Allen, of Atlantic City, N.J., Chisholm (Joanne) Allen, of McDonough, Ga., Robert (Sonja) Allen, of Durham, N.C., and Anthony Allen, of Houston, Texas; daughter-in-law, Eunice Allen of Racine; and several loving grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Belinda) Cooper of Racine, John (Jeanette) Cooper of Buford, Ga., and Richard (Jane) Cooper, of Alcoa, Tenn., numerous nieces and nephews; best friend, Lacy King; and many other dear friends also survive him. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his stepson, Andre Allen; sisters, Polly Cooper and Sarah Cooper; and brother, James Willie Cooper.


A Homegoing Service will be held for Ned Lee Cooper at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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