Mr. Charles Allen "Charlie" Cooper, age 57, of Olive Hill, known as "Bubby" By his family and friends who grew up with him, entered into eternal peace Saturday morning, November 11, 2017, at his residence. A singer of sacred songs has died in body but his spirit lives on.
He was born April 28, 1960, in Rowan County, to his loving parents, the late Paul James and Oddress Blankenship Cooper.
Growing up, he was in Weblos and Boy Scouts Troop 168 in the 1970's. A member of the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department in the mid 1970's. He was active in FBLA and 4-H for many years even serving as a 4-H Judge after High School. Charlie graduated with Honors from West Carter High School in 1978, having served as Senior Class Vice-President. He was an Outstanding Young American. He attended MSU and Ashland Vocational and Technical School. Charlie was a longtime Associate of Globe Funeral Chapel, a lifetime member of the NRA, a Kentucky Colonel, an Outstanding Kentuckian, a member of the Olive Hill Historical Society, and an original member of the Carter County Crime Watch in 2012.
Charlie became a Christian in 1976, and was in the Christian Music Ministry for over 40 years. He was a former member of the Olive Hill Wesleyan Church for many years where he served on the board, was a Sunday school teacher and song leader. He was currently a member of the Garvin Ridge Wesleyan Church. He had a passion for singing, often testifying and talking about the song he was going to sing. He wrote numerous songs and played the guitar, he even wrote the song for his daughter Katie's dedication service when she was a baby. Charlie enjoyed traveling to churches and singing in revivals, often with his wife playing the piano for him. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing with his dad, reading, listening to gospel music, going to church, and spending time with his family and friends, especially his best friend, David Kennard, who he thought of as a brother and could always make him laugh. He also had two very special ladies in his life who were like mother's to him, Sonja Perry and the late Joann Kennard Conley.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Twanita Rayburn Cooper of Olive Hill; one daughter, Katie Nicole Cooper of Ashland; two brothers, David Spenlau (Judy) of Kodak, Tennessee, and James Paul "J.P." Cooper (Libby) of Olive Hill; three sisters, Shirley Oney (Denver), Jamie Clay, and Brenda Robinson Trent (Wendall) all of Olive Hill; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leroy and Tina Rayburn of Olive Hill; and his stem cell donor, Charles Ziegler of Batesville, Indiana. He also leaves many other family members, church family and many friends who will sadly miss him. Charlie fought Leukemia for over 11 years and Charlie finally won.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, with Brother J.C. Bond, Brother Gary Sparks, and Brother Marlin Hotle officiating. Burial followed in the Garvin Ridge Cemetery in Olive Hill.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
David Kennard, Leroy Rayburn, Tommy Rayburn, J.P. Cooper, Leroy D. Rayburn, and Nathan Eldridge served as pallbearers. Staff of Globe Funeral Chapel, Donnie Carroll, David Spenlau, Claude "Hawkeye" Erwin, Jim Short, Jack Jarrell, Allen Wells, Allen Underwood, and Charles Ziegler served as honorary pallbearers.
Published on November 13, 2017