William Harvey Cooper of Aberdeen passed away Friday, September 7, 2012, at Sharon Care Center in Centralia. Bill was born on November 9, 1926, in Whittier, North Carolina, to William and Lena (Massey) Cooper. He graduated from high school in 1944, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged at Norfolk, Virginia, he moved to Grays Harbor in 1949. In 1953, he married Laura Sevey in Aberdeen and they later divorced. Bill was also married to Roy Ann Taylor and then Sharon Passmore those marriages also ended.
Bill worked at ITT Rayonier until the company closed. He was a partner and shovel operator at Skookum Logging Co., until his retirement. He was an active member in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam Eagles. Bill enjoyed dancing and listening to country western music, watching sports on TV, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports and taking trips back to North Carolina to visit family. He also enjoyed hunting and loved to garden, especially growing his sunflowers and garlic. One of Bill’s favorite pastimes was eating chocolate pie made by his family. Bill is survived by his two daughters, Diana Brubaker (Leroy Heyrman) of Hoquiam and Joanne Cooper of California; two sons, Michael (Michelle) Cooper of Brick, New Jersey and Darrell (Sue) Cooper of Point Pleasant, New Jersey; step-daughters, Debbie (Brad) Seward of Aberdeen and Jennifer (Eric) Boyd of Kent; brothers, Ralf and Max Cooper both of North Carolina; a sister, Lois Sellner of Florida; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his devoted companion, Elizabeth Tarbox of Lake Quinault.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donald Cooper. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2012 and Friday, September 14, 2012, and from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012, in the chapel at Harrison Family Mortuary located at 311 W. Market St. in Aberdeen. A graveside service will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Park followed by a 2 p.m. celebration of Bill’s life at Harbor City Church, 1700 Cherry St. in Aberdeen.
Memorial donations made in Bill’s name are suggested to Relay for Life of Grays Harbor or Harbor City Church of Aberdeen. To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.