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02/05/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Millie Cooper

Millie Sunshine Cooper
(06 July 1921 - 31 Jan 2017)

Newport News High School Class of June 1938

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news this Sunday.    Millie Cooper, Class of June 1937, sister of A. Y. Cooper and of the late Rose Cooper (Feb '37), passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 95. 

From the Daily Press - 02/05/17:

      Mildred Sunshine Cooper
      NEWPORT NEWS - Mildred Sunshine Cooper (Millie), 95, of Newport News, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Young Cooper Senior, born July 6, 1921 at the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph George Tennis in Rescue (Isle of Wight County), Virginia. Millie lived with her parents in Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School in June 1938.

After several years of working in various Newport News business offices (including the Newport News Shipyard) she moved to Richmond where she worked as Youth Director at Ginter Park Methodist Church.

In 1947 she moved to Nashville Tennessee to pursue studies in Christian Education. In 1953 she graduated from Peabody College for Teachers (now a part of Vanderbilt University) with a BA degree in English. In 1954 she was awarded a MA degree in Christian Education from Scarritt College also in Nashville.




During a period of 15 years, Millie served as the Christian Education Director at Chestnut Avenue Methodist in Newport News (now Chestnut Memorial), Monumental Methodist in Portsmouth, and Arlington Methodist Church in Arlington. She was called, in 1968, to join the leadership staff of the Virginia Methodist Conference in Richmond as the Director of Youth Ministries. As a Diaconal Minister she worked with all ages, with her primary focus being the Christian education of youth.

Millie retired in 1984. Of these 30+ years she wrote, "I loved it all! The individuals and families I came to know through all kinds of lifetime highs and lows brought to me spiritual wealth that could never be measured monetarily." She said that after her retirement she continued to reap these rewards as former youth, now adults, "found" her again. "It is so wonderful to see them, hear of how God has guided them through the years and to feel that God had led me to have a small part in helping them find the right path".

Millie was predeceased by both parents and her beloved sister Evelyn Rose Cooper.

She is survived by her brother A. Y. Cooper, Jr. of Newport News; nieces Betsy Peters (David) of Harrisonburg VA, and Laurie Anne (Darrell) Grecco of Newport News; great nieces Amy Peters Bowman (Todd) of Winchester VA and Sarah Peters Coffman (Ted) of Sterling VA; great-great nephews Kyle Bowman and Phillip Coffman; and great-great niece Jenna Bowman.

She is also survived by her "adopted" daughters Cheryl Craver of Alberta, Canada; the "Millies" Mary Beth Radford, Fae Hardee, Lynn Debutts, Sharon Cole, Suzy Duvall, Judy Fore, Barbara White, and Beth Belle; and very special friends Sharon and Bill Petitt, and Roy and Diane Hoffman; and many others too numerous to list, including members of Chestnut Memorial Church and the Chesapeake Retirement Center where she spent her last years.

A memorial service and lunch celebrating Millie's life will be held Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 am at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News (Caring and Sharing or Scholarship funds) or to the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA)., 3383 Sweet Hollow Rd., Big Island, Va., or the Peninsula SPCA.

The family would like to thank the angels of Agape Home Care for their loving care of Millie during her last weeks.

Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on February 5, 2017.
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February 02, 2017

- Fae Hardee

February 02, 2017
Millie was a mentor to me. I am so blessed to have known her!

- Andrea Claxton, Williamsburg, Virginia

February 03, 2017
Mildred Cooper, what an awesome impact you made on some special high school friends of mine. May your memory be for a blessing.

- Judy Crocker, Chester, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Millie's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(07 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

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