Cooper, Ralph Woodrow

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Ralph Woodrow Cooper, 84 of Pearisburg, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2007 at Pulaski Community Hospital.

Mr. Cooper was born on March 23, 1923 in Giles County and was a son of the late Charles and Mary Elizabeth Johnston Cooper. Mr. Cooper was an Army Veteran of World War II and had received the Purple Heart, was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, was a retired supervisor of the Celanese Corp. in Narrows and enjoyed farming after his retirement.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Betty Harman Cooper of Pearisburg; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, W.E. “Bill” and Alice Jo Harman of Narrows and Harry L. Crawford of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Marvin and Gloria Cooper, Peggy and Bill Hollar, Anna Mae Croy and Susan Richards; special niece, Ann Harman, who has done so much for him; another special niece, Nan Robillard; very special friends, Lee and Jean Eaton and Ray and Marlene Taylor and friend, Al Gladden.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 2 p.m., at the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg with Dr. Fred L. Austin officiating. Burial will follow in the Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Givens Funeral Home, Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Full military services will follow at the gravesite, presented by the VFW Post 6000 and American Legion. Online condolences can be sent to the family at