History of the Restoration Movement

Sammy Dale Cooper


(Source: Find-A-Grave)

Brief Sketch On The Life Of Sammy D. Cooper

Sammy Dale Cooper was born June 20, 1932 in Litton, Boliver County, Mississippi. He was the son of James Albert Cooper (1907-2000) and Rosa Edison Walker (1912-1951). He began preaching at the age of 19 for churches near his home. His mother died in 1951. That same year he entered the Mississippi National Guard where he served on active duty for two years. At the age of 21, he entered Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee to continue his studies for the next two years. He married Peggy E. Overall (1937-2020) on March 24, 1956. They gave birth to two children, Philip and Mary Anne.

After leaving Henderson, Tennessee they moved to Nashville, where Sammy attended David Lipscomb College. He acquired an accounting degree, which he utilized in his life's work as accountant. However, his greatest love was the church of Christ and through it to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. He attended evening classes at Nashville School of Preaching to hone his skills, and graduated from that great institution. He also preached part-time for churches in the Nashville area over the years. In about 1971 they moved to Cookeville where he continued to fill in where he was needed. They attended the Jefferson Avenue church of Christ where he served as an elder for a number of years. Sammy Cooper died August 2, 2011. Burial followed in the Crestview Cemetery where many other preachers, elders and church leaders who await the coming of the Lord.

-Scott Harp, 04.26.2021

Sources: Ancestry.com, Gospel Advocate reports, Find-A-Grave, (A more complete sketch is needed)

Obituary For Sammy Cooper
Herald Citizen 

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Sammy Cooper, 79, of Cookeville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, and again Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Mr. Cooper passed away Aug. 3, 2011, at NHC Nursing Home.

He was born June 20, 1932, in Bolivar County, Miss.

Mr. Cooper attended high school in Cleveland, Miss., Freed-Hardeman College and graduated from David Lipscomb College with a degree in accounting. He served the Mississippi National Guard and was on active duty with the Army in 1951-52. He also graduated from Nashville School of Preaching. He spent most of his life in the accounting and office management field of work. For about 30 years he served as a part-time minister for area Churches of Christ. He was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for several years.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Peggy Overall Cooper; two children, Phillip Cooper and wife Linda of Maiden, N.C., and Mary Anne Cooper Lankford and husband Charles Lankford of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Jonathan Cooper, Patrick, Rachel and Ethan Lankford; two brothers, James Edward and George Albert Cooker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his parents, James Albert and Rosie Edison Walker Cooper; two brothers, Oscar and Ralph Cooper; and a sister, Betty Cooper Channel.

Joe Neal, Jerry Nash and Buddy Johnson will officiate the services.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Upper Cumberland Christian Homes, 790 State Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 or East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, TN 37931.

-Copied from Find-A-Grave

Directions To Grave

Sammy and Peggy Cooper are buried in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Funeral Home and cemetery are located on West Jackson Street. From I-40 take Exit 286 and head north on Hwy. 135. In about a mile turn left on W. Jackson St. The cemetery is on the left. Instead of entering the main entrance head up to Buffalo Valley Rd. and turn left. The cemetery will be on your left. Enter the first entrance and travel down the lane and park in front of the mausoleum on your right. The Cooper plot will not be in this section, but will be on the opposite side of the road on your left, in the Garden Of Meditation. See photos below to find the Cooper plot near the street. While there see the graves of other preachers of the gospel buried at Crest Lawn. See photo-map below.

GPS Location
36°09'26.2"N 85°31'35.1"W
or D.d. 36.157268,-85.526421

Locations of Graves Of A Number Of Preaches Buried At Crestview

Sammy D. 1932-2011
Peggy E. 1936-2020

Photos Taken 08.09.2016
Webpage Produced 04.26.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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