In Memoriam: Emory Edward "Ed" Cooper
Emory Edward “Ed” Cooper, 76, of Daniel Island, SC, husband of Sara Richards Cooper, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, October 17, 2019. His Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in the Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. Inurnment will be at The Citadel Bell Tower at a later date.
Ed and Sara owned and just recently sold Island Expressions framing and gift shop on Daniel Island. Ed was a familiar face at the shop and on the island and was loved by everyone who knew him!
Ed was born October 6, 1943 in Conway, South Carolina, son of the late Emory Edward Cooper, Sr. and the late Lula Fleetwood Jones Cooper. He graduated from The Citadel, F Company, Class of 1965 with a degree in mathematics. He dedicated his heart, soul, mind and life to the ideals that are The Citadel. Ed worked as vice president in commercial construction and was instrumental in designing and building some of the finest medical facilities in the Southeast. He was a member of the Brigadier Club, a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island.
He is survived by his beloved wife Sara of Daniel Island, SC; daughters Laura Creel Midura (Bryan) of Charlotte, NC, and Ashley B. Boyles (Dale) of Birmingham, AL; son Russell Blankenship (Misti) of Rock Hill, NC; sister Jackie Steinbrecher of Greer, SC; and his remarkable grandchildren Ashton Smith, Grayson Smith, Isabella Midura, Olivia Midura, and expecting an additional granddaughter, Cooper Blankenship.
Memorials may be made to MUSC Foundation for The Children’s Hospital, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC, 29425 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or online at www. stjude.org/donate.