Paul Raymond Cooper Sr. of Madison West Virginia went to be with his heavenly father on February 6th, 2023.
Paul was born in Madison, West Virginia on October 31st 1942. His father was the late Okey Raymond Cooper, however, Paul considered the late Midfer Watson his dad and his mother was the late Ann Marie Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild, Christopher Curtis Ray Cooper, and sister Carolyn Roberts.
He is survived by his children. Paul (Tonya) Cooper Jr., Dawn Cooper, Aaron Cooper, and stepchildren Richard Craddock and April (Austin) Reed. He had nine grandchildren; Brittany, Sheldon, Kelsey, Jacob, Aiden, Alex, John, Eli, and Mason, and six great-grandchildren; Arryanna, Jayden, Lincoln, Spencer, Kadence, and Waylon.
Paul proudly served his country in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician's Mate and was onboard the aircraft carrier Essex CVS 9 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of the VFW post number 5578 and served as commander from 2001 to 2007. Paul was a coal miner for many years, and a member of the United Mine Workers Union. He loved traveling to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg but his most joyous times were spent with his family celebrating holidays, birthdays or just gathering around the table for a home cooked meal.
The family is truly saddened by Paul's passing. “He was a strong, amazing man that will forever leave a void in our hearts and minds.” The family would like to thank hospice care of Kanawha county for their wonderful service to Paul and to the family.
Services will be at 11:00am Saturday Feb. 11 at the Handley Funeral Home with Clint Craddock and Jim Butcher officiating. Burial will be in the Price Cemetery, Danville, WV with Military Rites conducted by Daniel Boone VFW Post #5578 of Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.
If you are unable to attend the service, you can watch the service at this link: https://youtube.com/live/IGttQULCQnU?feature=share