Lewis Edward Cooley

Lewis E. Cooley, 79, of Simpsonville, husband of Dorothy Hensley Cooley, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 while at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Clinton, SC, he was a son of the late Lewis David & Louise Gresham Cooley, and the grandson of the late Oscar & Nan Greer Gresham.

In addition to his wife, Dot, Mr. Cooley is survived by their son, Lewis Brian Cooley and his wife, Chris, of Simpsonville; step-grandchildren, Patrick Cox (Ashlee) of Fountain Inn, Lindsey Sill (Scott) of Simpsonville, and Nicholas Cox (Wimberly) of Fountain Inn; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Dylan, Marzelleigh-Ann, Lilla, and Charlie; brothers, John Douglas Cooley (Molly) of Waterloo, and Leon Cooley (Carole) of Fountain Inn; and a sister, Nancy Brown also of Fountain Inn.

He was preceded in death by four half-brothers, Marvin, Lloyd, Oscar and Roy Cooley; and a special niece, Rebecca Cooley Peden.

Mr. Cooley was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher of Simpsonville First Baptist Church and current member of Holly Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Cooley served in the United States Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Lewis retired from Duke Energy after thirty-five years of service. He immediately began his own consulting company, Advanced Design Systems. Lewis was an Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) instructor and taught classes throughout the Southeast. He was most proud of the relationships he built within Duke Energy, the HVAC and Foam Insulation industries. He was a lifetime member of Refrigeration Services Engineering Society (RSES) and the Simpsonville Masonic Lodge # 311 AFM.

In 1993 Lewis received a heart transplant at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA. He enjoyed becoming friends with the doctors and staff of the Emory Transplant Team. He also enjoyed serving for many years on the SC Donate Life Executive Board. His goal was to help share awareness of organ donation.

Calling Hours were held on Thursday, April 16, at Heritage Funeral Home. A private graveside service was held in Graceland East Memorial Park.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Holly Ridge Baptist Church, 260 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681. A Live Video Feed of the service will be available at: www.Hollyridge.net

Out of respect for everyone attending, the family and funeral home requests that everyone wear a mask and practice “social distancing.”

Memorials may be made to the Lewis E. Cooley Memorial Fund, Donate Life SC, 4200 E North St #22, Greenville, SC 29615.

Condolences to the family of Lewis Edward Cooley

  • Thelma Ballew
    4 years ago

    Dot & Brian, we send our love as you go through this sad time. It has been a privilege to have known Lewis. He was a devout Christian and friend , to all whom new him. We love you both. Thelma & Kirby.

  • Ray Brown, Fountain Inn S.C.
    4 years ago

    Dot, Brian Chris, Leon,And Doug(John) Nancy. I was so sad to hear that my lifetime friend had made his final stand here on this earthly home. But my heart was filled with joy ,knowing that he is now resting in the arms of Jesus. He fought a good battle, and his rewards are being given at last. There was not a better person that I have known for so many years, not one time that our paths crossed that he did not have a smile and a kind word to say. During the time that he was in a great deal of pain, he would always say, ” oh I feel pretty good for an old Man”. Well we all know that he will feel pretty “good now for a long time “. To the family, may God make smooth the path before you, in the trying days and months ahead. God will hold you fast in His hands. The heartaches will be comforted , by the wonderful memories that you will always cherish . I along with many others will miss Lewis. RIP, my christian friend.
    Ray Brown, and daughter Lorraine Greene, ” say hello to Barbara ,who was also your friend.

  • Myot Akins
    4 years ago

    Dot and Brian, Our sympathy to you in the loss of Lewis. He was a good person, and I have good memories of the family trading with us at the store. I also remember visiting with you all in Atlanta after his heart surgery, and you were in the apartment . Our best thoughts are with you.

  • Wilton Fowler
    4 years ago

    Our Lord has welcomed home one of the truly good guys. Lewis Cooley a life long friend and brother in Christ. We will miss you Lewis you were always the encourager the one with sound advice the never judger a true friend. Dot, Brian And others, he is irreplaceable not only to you folks but to so many of us. An icon in this area who gave so much of himself and asked nothing in return. Rest in peace brother We are not far behind.

  • MyrtleBaileyMiller
    4 years ago

    Dot and Brian, so sorry to hear about my good friend Lewis. I have known him for a long time- way back when he would check or repair my furnace. I could always trust him to be there on time. We have lost a fine Christain man. I know he is rejoicing with the angels now. My prayers and thoughts are with you in your loss. May God bless and comfort you my friend.

  • Tizza Creighton
    4 years ago

    I’m so incredibly sorry, Dot and family. He is fondly remembered, he welcomed me so warmly from that spot where he loved to sit on your porch. The first time I met him, he gladly took the cookies I brought and started digging in. He is a wonderful soul and our hearts break for you during this time. Sending all of our love and prayers. Love, Tizza and Family

  • To dear Dot and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a pleasure and honor to know Lewis. With all our love, Lynn, Gene and Kathy

  • Kay Kern
    4 years ago

    Dot I was so sorry to hear the news about Lewis. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and family at this time.

  • Rev. S. Martin Atkins
    4 years ago

    I always thought a lot of Lewis. He and I got to know each other well when I was at Clear Spring. We often talked and prayed together. He was a hard worker, faithful Christian and a dear friend. I know he shall be missed by all of you. My love and prayers are with you. Rev. S. Martin Atkins

  • Dollie & H.E. Tuttle
    4 years ago

    Dot & Brian,
    No words……our hearts are broken!
    H.E. & Dollie Tuttle

  • Judy Gault
    4 years ago

    We were greatly saddened to hear of Lewis passing. Deepest sympathy to Dot, Brian and all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We thought the world of Lewis.

    Jimmy & Judy Gault

  • Lenora Rabon
    4 years ago

    So sorry for your loss! Sending my thoughts and prayers!

  • Linda and Joe DeShields
    4 years ago

    Dot and Brian, So many wonderful memories of my dear friend Lewis! I remember all the good times in high school, the times Lewis and John Porter came down to see us, getting hamburgers at our little town cafe, and especially meeting at The Coach House! Just old friends enjoying being friends! The simple things in life with the best of friends! He will be greatly missed! All our love, Linda and Joe De Shields

  • Jo Ann A Runyan
    4 years ago


  • Gill Porter
    4 years ago

    Gill Porter

    Dot, Brian & family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Lewis he was such nice and Christian
    man and will be missed. I know Lewis is with the Lord now and in
    deep in conversation with our Lord. Lewis was apart of our family
    for many years and was loved and respected.
    Our prayers go out to you all. May the lord bless .

  • Wofford & Dot Satterfield
    4 years ago

    We have been friends with the Cooley family for many years now, and our deepest sympathy goes out in the loss of your loved one, He was a special person and I know he will be missed. We pray God will be with you now and in the days ahead!

  • Donna Caudill
    4 years ago

    Dot, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Lewis.
    Keith and Donna Caudill

  • Katrina Phillips
    4 years ago

    Dot, I am heartbroken for you and wish you my deepest condolences. I feel so fortunate to have met you this past year and treasure your kindness. Thinking of you and your family!

  • Patrick Sloan
    4 years ago

    Dot, Brian and family,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers through difficult time and have our deepest condolences. Lewis was one of the best men I have ever known and know he is already talking with our Lord and requesting to send you all comfort.
    With much love and sympathy,
    Dot and Ann Brooks, Patrick, Amy, Jacob Sloan

  • Nancy Hopkins
    4 years ago

    Dot, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Lewis. I was truly blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  • Tom and Shirley Moore
    4 years ago

    We are sorry for your loss, but we know that we will see Louis again. We know that he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through his health problems we missed him at First Baptist church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom and Shirley Moore

  • Ross Ann Steifle
    4 years ago

    Dot and Brian,
    We are sorry to hear about the passing of Lewis. I am so glad that Gerald and I got to spend some time with him a few weeks ago.
    Please know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Gregg Steifle
    Ross Ann Steifle

  • So sorry for the family. My dad loved Lewis till his death. Dot, Ronnie loved you guys.We all know how you feel about us too, love you

  • Kim Griffith
    4 years ago

    It was always a joy to spend time every three weeks talking with Lewis as I cut his hair. He was a man with strong faith in God. I’ll always remember our time together. What a man! Prayers for Dot & Brian as you find comfort in knowing Lewis has been made new again. I love y’all!

  • Barbara Weaver
    4 years ago

    My dearest Dot, Waited until today to watch Lewis’ video…and from the first picture, his kindness and sweetness poured over my screen. His heart may have had trouble functioning, but it certainly continued to get across every emotion and ounce of love our Heavenly Father had ever put there. What a gift you had! Job well done Brother Lewis. And a wonderful example of what a human being should be for the rest of us until our day arrives for “our trip”!
    I love you my sweet friend, and my soul breaks for you. I wish I could take the hurt away…but I can only pray for comfort for you…I will do anything for you, just reach .

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