John Stanley Cooper

John Stanley Cooper, 78, widower of Becky Jenkins Cooper, of Fountain Inn, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.  Born in Laurens County, John was a son of the late Joseph Carlton and Nelle Williams Cooper.

John was a humble man and a hard worker.  He started his career in the textile industry over 50 years ago.  He was a journeyman electrician and draftsman. After graduating from Greenville Technical College, he advanced his career by starting Cooper Machinery Inc. and later Cooper International, Inc.  John was a recipient of the Greenville Technical College Outstanding Alumni Award.

John is survived by three children, Phyllis Cooper (Cary Ostendorff), Kelly Cooper (Kathy), and Heather Moore (Tommy); four grandchildren, Mitchell Traynham (LeAnne), Caroline Pettry (Heath Duncan), Corey Cooper (Summer Evans), Chloe Owens (Collin); and four great-grandchildren, Walker and Millison Traynham, and Burke and Heidi Duncan.

In addition to his wife and parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Preston Cooper.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at Union Baptist Church Cemetery, 536 Old Quaker Church Road, Laurens, SC  29360 beginning at 11:00 am.

Memorials may be made to the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mike Bryant for John Cooper, 536 Old Quaker Church Road, Laurens, SC  29360.

Condolences to the family of John Stanley Cooper

  • Lamar Meeks
    4 months ago

    So sorry to hear of the passing of John ! He was my First Cousin and we spent a lot of time together in our younger years. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his Family and Friends !

  • My Dad worked with John. He and Becky were like family to us. Such a loving man, had a heart of gold. He will be missed extremely. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. God has him wrapped with his arms, and when he lets go, I can assure he will wrap them around his family also. You have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy.
    Emily and The Carroll Thomas’s Family

  • Margie Olmsted
    4 months ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. John’s passing. I only knew him through brief encounters at the Fountain Inn Waffle House, where he’d proudly show me pictures of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was always glad when I’d see his car in the parking lot when I’d go there. Your father/grandfather/great grandfather was a wonderful man who will be missed by the many peoples lives that he touched. Rest In Peace, Mr. John.

  • Dr. Eddie and Teresa Hunt
    4 months ago

    Phyllis and Heather,
    We were sorry to hear today that you lost your father. It’s so hard to lose a love one especially when it’s one of your parents and during the Christmas Holidays too. Please know that we are praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  • Sandra & Darrell Avery
    3 months ago

    Our condolences to the family of Mr Cooper. I work with his son Kelly & I’ve enjoyed getting to know him through the many wonderful stories that Kelly would share. I know he will be missed by so many & pray for comfort for his family.

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