George Murray Cooper Jr., 86, Denver, Commonwealth of PA accountant, decorated Army veteran

By on December 22, 2015

Sergeant Major George Murray Cooper Jr., 86, of Denver, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Kingstree, S.C., on Feb. 26, 1929, he was the husband of Katie M. (Levy) Cooper of Denver. He was the son of the late George Murray Cooper Sr. and Rosa E. (York) Cooper.

George was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lancaster. He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Harrisburg Community College where he earned his associate’s degree in accounting. He continued his education in accounting and taxation up until recent months.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army for 28 years, traveling extensively while serving his country. He received many awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired as a sergeant major.

Post retirement, he worked for 17 years as an accountant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and later for Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block.

In addition to his wife, George is survived by a son: Derrick W. Thomas of Houston, Texas; two daughters: Kassandra G. Guyton (Velton) of Indiana, and Lucinda A. Smith of Ohio; a goddaughter: Etta Horton (Brian) of Macungie; a brother: Jim Cooper; and a sister: Mary Horton, both of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

Home Going Services were held Dec. 19 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lancaster, with the Revs. Roland P. Forbes Jr. and Thaddeus L. Godwin Sr. officiating. Burial will be private.

To place a condolence online, visit snyderfuneralhome.com. Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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