Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper

  • Born: October 6, 1943
  • Died: October 17, 2019
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper, 76, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Sara Richards Cooper passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, October 17, 2019. His Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in the Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at The Citadel Holliday Alumni House. Inurnment will be at the Citadel Bell Tower at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Ed was born October 6, 1943 in Conway, South Carolina, son of the late Emory Edward Cooper, Sr. and the late Lula Fleetwood Jones Cooper. He graduated from The Citadel, F company, Class of 1965 with a mathematics degree and dedicated his heart, soul, mind and life to the ideals that are The Citadel. He worked as a vice president in commercial construction and was instrumental in designing and building some of the finest medical facilities in the Southeast. Ed was a member of the Brigadiers Club, a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Cooper of Daniel Island, SC; daughters, Laura Creel Midura (Bryan) of Charlotte, NC and Ashley B. Boyles (Dale) of Birmingham, AL; son, Russell Blankenship (Misti) of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Jackie Steinbrecher of Greer, SC; and his remarkable grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Grayson Smith, Isabella Midura, Olivia Midura and expecting an additional granddaughter, Cooper Blankenship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MUSC Foundation for Children's Hospital, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC, 29425 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 www.stjude.org/donate.


Condolence & Memory Journal

What an absolute wonderful, gentle, caring man. He was a solid friend for more than 50 years. His memory I shall carry until the end of my days.

Posted by Austin Blood - CO - classmate   October 11, 2020

Love you forever

Posted by Sara Cooper - Daniel Island, SC - Family   February 16, 2020

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed was an exceptional, kind and loving person. John and I are here for you...

Kim & John Fulp

Posted by Kim Fulp - Daniel Island, SC   October 27, 2019

Sara, I was saddened to learn of Ed's passing. As you know, he and I spent many hours working together on his medical projects. In the process, we became good personal friends. I have missed seeing you and Ed since you moved to the coast. If you have an occasion to visit Charlotte in the future, Peggy and I would love to see you.
Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by Ralph Brice - Charlotte, NC - Friend   October 22, 2019

Ed was such a wonderful, warm, and generous friend and classmate. It was truly a distinct honor and pleasure knowing him all these many years. Sara, please know there are so many of his Citadel classmates by your side. We will always be faithful to you and Ed's memory. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Ned and Mary O'Keefe - Alexandria, VA - friend   October 21, 2019

Ed was a true Southern gentleman. He possessed a kind and gentle demeanor. He was dedicated to his family. We enjoyed getting together to watch away Citadel football games as well as sharing adjacent seats at home games. As his health deteriorated, he did not raise it as an issue. He always had kind comments to make to others. Ed lived as a proud and dedicated Citadel graduate and former Army officer. We are honored to be friends of Ed and Sara.

Posted by Fred & Connie Klare - Daniel Island, SC - Friend   October 21, 2019

Dearest Sara,

Troy and I are so sorry for your loss, but find solace in knowing that Ed is in heaven pain free with our Lord.

The Redeemer lives. No matter the present darkness, there is light ahead. We will savor God's goodness far longer and far deeper than any downpour can soak us.

Posted by Joni and Troy McLeod - Mount Pleasant, SC   October 21, 2019

Thinking of the family at this sad time. (Schoolmate: Judie Lewis Lassiter)

Posted by A friend   October 21, 2019

Dearest Sara, children and grandchildren, I t is so hard to receive this news. Ed was God's gift to you and I am certain he felt the same way about you. Such a gentleman, patient and kind. All of you are in my mind, in my heart and in my prayers. I will try to call and want very much to be there with you. I just don't know if I can make the trip. I love you and, more over, God loves you. Blessings. Jan & Jerry

Posted by Jan Tindal - Surf City, NC - Family   October 19, 2019

Ed and Sara were a couple that I never had enough time with or saw often enough.
What a magnificent, generous, kind, and loving man! This world would be such a better place if there were more men like him.

Posted by Austin Blood - Boulder, CO   October 19, 2019

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