Mr. Larry David Cooper age 71 of Salem passed away Thursday, January 18 at Baptist Health Floyd following a short battle with cancer.
Mr. Cooper was born July 16, 1946 in Mitchell, Indiana the son of Robert. M. and Bessie Mundy Cooper. He married Janice Kay Dorsett on June 22, 1962 and she preceded him in death on October 18, 2017.
Larry retired as Fire Chief in 1989. He began work for the City of Salem in August, 1965. Two months later he became a member of the Salem Fire Department volunteer force, and then on January 1, 1967, Larry joined the regular full-time firefighter staff. In October, 1981 he was appointed Fire Chief.
Larry was selected as Citizen of the Year in 1982 by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
After his retirement as Fire Chief in 1989, Larry operated Ashland/Cooper Oil in Salem with his wife, Jan and son, Troy. He finally retired in 2003 and spent time collecting antiques, working on clocks and camping.
Larry is survived by two sons: Troy Cooper (Robin) of Salem and Tim Cooper of Jackson, Georgia, four grandchildren, one brother, one sister and his dog: Junior.
In addition to his wife, Larry was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 23 at 2:30PM at Weathers Funeral Home with family friend, Matt Abbott officiating. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11AM-time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Salem Fire Department Crusade for Children.