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Grady Wilson Cooper, 95, a permanent resident of St. Cloud Fla., passed away at his Slippery Rock summer residence Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, following a extended illness.
Grady was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Slippery Rock to Harry Wilson Cooper and Marinda Julia Wimer Cooper. From the age of 2 he spent time living both in Slippery Rock and St. Cloud.
He married Helen Lois Magee on June 27, 1941. She preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1994.
Grady went to work for his father at age 14 at his father's company, H.W. Cooper in Slippery Rock. While working full time, he attended and graduated from Slippery Rock High School.
Grady served in World War II during combat as a member of the Merchant Marine including serving on the USS Dobytown.
Following his military service, he returned to Slippery Rock and with his brother Glenn become part of H.W. Cooper and Sons. Together Grady and Glenn formed Cooper Brothers. Their company provided building supplies, produced concrete block and ready mix, and mined and brought to market aggregate materials as well as providing host of other materials to supply construction needs in the greater community. He had the joy of providing employment to his son, Lilburn; daughter, Renata; and two grandsons, Bob and Bart Jones.
Grady retired as chairman of the board of First National Bank of Slippery Rock, where he had served for 39 years, 20 of them as chairman. He succeeded his father-in-law, Wendell Magee, as chairman.
He was the oldest living member of Center Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock and served as a trustee at Slippery Rock University after his appointment in 1980.
He was a member of various organizations including being a charter, 50-year member and lifetime member of the Slippery Rock Lions Club; Grove City Lodge 603 F. &A.M.; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of New Castle; Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh; Elks Lodge 1873 of Kissimmee, Fla.; Kissimmee Moose Lodge 2056/Chapter 1849 of Kissimmee; American Legion Post 88 of St. Cloud, Fla.; Stanley Snyder VFW Post 7465 of Volant; and attended monthly meetings of the Mariners in New Castle until recently.
He was a lifetime and oldest living member of the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company and along with his father was instrumental in building the original firehouse. He enjoyed traveling throughout his life, especially in his motorhome with his wife Helen, then, after Helen's passing, with his companion Mary Jane Snyder.
His signature was painting many things orange. At his company plant many doors and other items were orange. He enjoyed secretly painting visitors' (personal friends') tire caps orange when they visited his residence for them to discover his prank soon thereafter. He cared about people.
Survivors include son, Lilburn Bruce Cooper and wife Phyllis Ann of Slippery Rock; daughters, Karen L. Cooper of St. Cloud, Fla.; Renata L. Hall of Slippery Rock; companion, Mary Jane Snyder of St. Cloud, Fla., and Slippery Rock; brother, Glenn E. Cooper (Ruth I. ) of St. Cloud and Slippery Rock; six grandchildren, Bart Wilson Jones (Stacie) of Black Mountain, N.C.; Dawn L. Bastin (Mike) of Cabot, Pa.; Kent L. Cooper (Shayne) of Slippery Rock; Wendy A. Cooper of Slippery Rock; Mitchell David Hall and Garrett Cooper Hall both of Slippery Rock; seven great-grandchildren, Noelle L. Northrup (Aaron); Bobbi Sue Jones; Jack Wilson Jones, Clayton Bart Jones; Brandon Bastin; Brooke Bastin; and Zachary Cooper; two great-great grandchildren, Ava Noelle Northrup and Jones R. Northrup.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Robert J. "Bob" Jones and great-grandson Corey R. Jones.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Slippery Rock Fire and Rescue Squad, 162 Elm St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057 toward new construction costs or to Vitas Hospice. 2009 Mackenzie Way. Unit 400, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

Grady Wilson, 95, of St. Cloud Fla., and Slippery Rock.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (9-19-17) and 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday (9-20-17) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Chaplain Keith Black presiding.
Interment: Slippery Rock Cemetery.
Published on September 15, 2017
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