Hazard Businessman Laid To Rest

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Hundreds of people were in attendance as a beloved Hazard businessman was laid to rest Saturday.

Doctor Claude Vernon Cooper was laid to rest in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, an area he loved and gave generously to in his 83 years of life.

"He was always on the sideline every game we played. He was at the sideline and he always wanted me to run the flea flicker. He told me every game to run the flea flicker," said Hazard Football Coach Mark Dixon.

"His giving and his heart that he had for young people and that's what it was, it was the young people. It wasn't the actual game of football, it was just the fact that he loved those boys," said Former Hazard Football Coach Paul Raines.

Cooper served in the Navy during World War Two and later served as president of People's Bank in Hazard. He was also an avid mountain climber and once saved a fellow climbers life.

"He was a man that lived his life to the fullest," Rains said.

Now Cooper's loved ones are left with fond memories.

"If Vernon says it was black, I said it was white and if he said it was white, I'd disagree with him. But we had a wonderful youth growing up big family, loving family and I will miss him," said Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman.

Cooper donated his time and money to several causes over the years.

He asked to be laid to rest in his favorite coat, one he called a coat of many colors.

"Those memories are going to go a long way. That's what community is about. That's what Hazard is about and Mr. Cooper represented that type of community support and love," Rains said.

Cooper leaves behind several family members and an entire city of loved ones.

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