Tuesday, April 22, 2008

REV. W. J. COOPER - Obituary

The Rev. W. J. Cooper

The East Liverpool Tribune

The Rev. W. J. Cooper, of New Wilmington, Pa., brother-in-law of John W. Hall, of this city, died at an early hour yesterday morning (April 2, 1906) at his home, of general debility, after an illness covering a period of three years.

The deceased was a well known divine of the United Presbyterian church. He was 63 years of age, and owing to continued illness was compelled to resign his chard at New Wilmington about six months ago.

Rev. Mr. Cooper served three years fighting for the union cause in the war of the rebellion, part of the time as a member of the 140th Pennsylvania regiment. Afterwards he joined a battery.

He is survived by his wife, who was Cynthia J. Swaney, of Hookstown, Pa., the only sister of Mrs. John W. Hall, of this city, and three sons, the Rev. John W. Cooper, pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Meadville, Pa.; the Rev. Robert J. Cooper, pastor of the United Presbyterian church, Seattle, Wash.; and James S. Cooper, at home. A brother of the deceased, Henry Cooper, resides in Beaver Falls, Ps.

The funeral will be held a 4 o'clock this afternoon from the family residence in New Wilmington, and the remains will be brought to this city on the 10:30 train Wednesday morning and taken direct to Mill Creek cemetery, Hancock county, west Virginia, for burial. The relatives and friends of the deceased residing in this city, Hancock county, W. Va., and in the neighborhood of Hookstown, Pa., will join the funeral party here.

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