Carol Cooper Obituary, Death – Before she was born on December 11, 1932, in Burke County, North Carolina, she was predeceased by both of her parents, Claywell Bryant and Tempa Olive Denton Bryant. She was named after her late mother. At the Drexel First Baptist Church, which Carol attended on a consistent basis, she sang in the choir and was a very active member of the group. She was a member of the Choraleers, the Drexel Garden Club, and the Mimosa Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for a considerable amount of time and actively participated in their respective activities. Throughout her nursing career, Carol worked as a nurse under the direction of both Dr. C.J. Dellinger and Dr. Ralph Hogshead.
She received her nursing education and certification from the Grace Hospital School of Nursing. After working at Valdese Hospital, she went on to become the nursing director at Forest Retirement, and after working at Western Carolina Center, she took early retirement from that institution. Carol is survived by her son, Dennis Cooper; her daughters, Susan Verble (Avery) and Debra Watts; her granddaughters Christy Fleming (Andrew), Kelsey Cooper, and Joey Waters; and her four great-grandchildren Graham Fleming, Joey Waters, and Kelsey Cooper. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cooper. Hannah Fleming, Elizabeth Brown, and Alex Brown, in addition to their brother, Bill Bryant, as well as a sizable number of nieces and nephews.
Carol’s parents, her husband, Noland Kay Cooper, and her brother, Max Bryant all passed away before she did. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the family will welcome friends and family to Drexel First Baptist Church for a visitation from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.. The service will be held in memory of the deceased. At three in the afternoon, the funeral will take place at the church, and Pastor Mike Chandler will preside over the service.