Stanley Cooper, of Wilmington, died at home on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the age of 83.
Every night before he went to sleep, Mr. Cooper told his wife, Sherry, “I love you babe, and don’t you ever forget it.” Mr. Cooper was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Mrs. Cooper felt like this nightly ritual was a way for him to prepare her for his death, a way to remind her just how much she was loved.
Mrs. Cooper met her future husband at Independence Mall where she was a security guard and he worked in construction. He bugged the beans out of her until she agreed to a date. She finally broke down and said yes, and this upcoming Saturday, July 25, 2015, the couple would have celebrated 35 years together.
Like any other couple, Mrs. Cooper and her husband had their share of fights, but they never went to bed angry or without saying “I love you.” Mr. Cooper would frequently say “I love you baby” and reach for his wife’s hand as they were driving.
Mrs. Cooper spoiled her husband rotten. She brought a dinner plate to him every night on a TV tray and made sure his plate of food was ready before making her own at any gathering. He was her life.
Mr. Cooper thought of his granddaughter, Kimberly Barnes, as the apple of his eye and she enjoyed traveling with her grandfather over the years as he built Walmart stores all over the United States.
Mr. Cooper was born Nov. 16, 1932. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; children, John Matthews, Sharon Cooper Milliken and Debbie Cooper; stepson, Tony Stokes; grandchildren, Kimberly Barham, Janice Barham, Kenneth Lee Barham, Stephen Cooper, John Matthews Jr. and Julia Matthews; and numerous great-grandchildren, including Kinsely Mazzeo, who was the apple of his eye.
Mr. Cooper’s body was donated to science at Genesis in Memphis, Tennessee. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread near his old home in Virginia.
A local memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, July 23 2015, at University Place Apartments.
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