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Obituary for Jeffrey J. Cooper
Jeffrey J. Cooper, age 53, of Loudonville, Ohio, died Monday, October 6, 2014, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born July 22, 1961, in Lakewood, Ohio, son of Numa Dale “Peeper” (Sam) Cooper Miller of Dover and the late Jay D. Cooper. He was a 1979 graduate of New Philadelphia High School, a 1983 graduate of Heidelberg College, and he received a Master’s Degree from Ohio University. While Jeff lived in the New Philadelphia area, he was employed by the Tuscarawas County Health Dept. as health educator and by Union Hospital in the Human Resources Department. He enjoyed directing and acting in many productions at The Little Theater, and he attended First Christian Church in New Philadelphia, where his father pastored for many years. Jeff was currently pastor of creative arts at New Hope Community Church in Loudonville and was active in the Loudonville community as a long time school board member and supporter of many sports programs. He loved his family and his children, and enjoyed supporting them in their many activities.
In addition to his mother and step-father, he is survived by his wife, Traci L. Gribble Cooper, whom he married August 25, 1984; one son, Jay M. Cooper of Nashville, Tennessee; one daughter, Hannah E. Cooper of Loudonville; one sister, Robin (Ken) Perkins of Caldwell; his mother and father-in-law, James and Jeanne Gribble of Loudonville; and his extended family.
Friends may call Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 6-8PM, and Thursday, October 9th from 3-5PM at New Hope Community Church, 637 Market Street, Loudonville, Ohio, 44842, where the funeral service will follow visitation Thursday at 5PM with Ken Perkins and Rob Paterson officiating. Inurnment will take place at East Avenue Cemetery in New Philadelphia. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Banc, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, or to New Hope Community Church. Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville and McVay-Perkins Funeral Home in Caldwell are caring for the family. An online guestbook may be signed at www.byerly-lindsey.com