Earl Ray Cooper, Jr., 63, of Parkersburg passed away July 12, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
He was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Earl Ray Cooper Sr. and Lora Jean Schultz Cooper.
Earl was a graduate of Parkersburg High School. He had been employed at Florence Dairy and was a self-made entrepreneur, having owned and operated several businesses. He was former president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Parkersburg and vice president of FOE in Williamstown and attended Pettyville United Methodist Church and The Narrow Gate Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene "D.J." Cooper; three daughters, twins, Linda Deem of Washington, W.Va., and Brenda Hartley (James) of Parkersburg, and Dionna Starcher of Parkersburg; sister, Barbara Kelly (Herb); niece, Tammy Litman (John); nephews, Monty Roupe (Delta); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bradley Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastors Phil Prunty and Steve States officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. A celebration of Ray's life will be held Aug. 24, 2014, at the Pettyville United Methodist Church.
An online guestbook will be available at www.lamberttatman.com