R. J. Cooper

The Cartersville American
Cartersville, Georgia
April 6, 1886, page 3
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R. J. Cooper.

Who died in our city on Wednesday, the 31st of March, was born in November, 1817, near Cedar Springs, in Spartanburg county, South Carolina.

He joined the Baptist church at the age of fourteen years, and was an honored and useful member of that church at the time of his death.

Early in life he was married to Miss Parmelia Campbell, who as partner of his bosom shared his joys and sorrows for forty-two years; the anniversary of their marriage occurring on Sunday before his death.

He moved to Georgia about the year 1852.  He was judge of the inferior court of DeKalb county for several years, afterwards was school commissioner and postmaster, and has held various positions of trust and responsibility, always with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the public.

He moved to Atlanta just after the war, where he made a host of friends – as he did everywhere that he lived.  In 1871 he moved from Atlanta to Cartersville.  Since that time Cartersville has had no better citizen than R. J. Cooper.

He was consistent in his life, chaste in his conversation, just in his dealings, sound in his advice and counsel and charitable in his judgment of others; always ready to make allowance for the frailties of his fellow men –remembering that he too was mortal and prone to err.  In short, he was a pattern of piety who might safely be followed, for, as a servant of the Lord, he had a jealous care for the honor of his Master’s name and cause.

Having lived the life of a Christian, he had no fear when he came to meet the grim monster, Death.  He found the dark valley of the shadow of death lighted up by the presence of that Savior whom he had followed so long.  Solomon says: “The hoary head is a crown of glory when found in the way of righteousness.”

So our aged friend, even while on earth, wore a crown of glory, which has been exchanged for a crown of rejoicing; and doubtless that crown has in it many stars, for he was a faithful worker in the vineyard of the Lord, and did much to bring others to a knowledge of the truth.  The church where he worshipped will miss him; the Sabbath school will miss him as a teacher; we will all miss him.  But, oh! how he will be missed by her who has had so many pleasant days with him, and who trusted him so implicitly in everything; and by his children, who so gladly hung on his words, and looked to him in all things for direction and advice.

“The memory of the righteous will be blest;” he therefore will not be forgotten.
In his life and death he taught us a valuable lesson, that a man may be poor in this world’s goods, and yet in faith be rich indeed. --- M.


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