Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Elease Wilson-Cooper, conducted by the Rev. Warren Murdock, were held Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Friendship United Methodist Church of Nesmith. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery of Nesmith.
Mrs. Wilson-Cooper died Thursday, September 26, 2013, in Jonesboro, Georgia. She was born on July 2, 1930, in Nesmith, the daughter of the late Moses and Rosa Nesmith-Wilson. She attended public school in Williamsburg County School System. With the desire to expand her horizon, she enrolled in classes at Francis Marion College of Florence and Williamsburg Technical College for a year. She worked as a teacher's aide in the Williamsburg County Public Schools for 15 years. She was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Nesmith since childhood; she served as secretary (12 years) and treasurer (15 years) for the United Methodist Women and was a member of the Senior Choir. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Beacon Light Chapter #218 (many years). She farmed, was a hair stylist, operated a grocery store, helped her husband manage the funeral home and maintained full-time employment. Two children, James, III (Jimmy) and Rosemary, and four brothers, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: her husband, James E. Cooper Jr. of Nesmith; one daughter, Yvette Mahone (Joseph) of Hampton, Georgia; a grandson, Khiry Cooper (Jasmine) of Florence, whom she raised as her own; five sisters, Lou Esther Pressley, Mary Gunther, Ruby Fulmore (Jesse), Bernetha McDonald, and Betty Stokes, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Howard Wilson (Vanessa) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and David Burroughs (Maggie) of New York; six additional grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.