Albert F. Cooper, 91, of Enterprise, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at Medical Center Enterprise.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel with Dr. Ben Bowden officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1 p.m., until service time.
Albert F. Cooper was born March 11, 1928 to Albert F. and Anna Mahoney Cooper in Bayside, N.Y. He was a loving husband for 63 years until Nancy D. Cooper’s death in September 2018. He was the father of three children and four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
His first job was at a local airport where he purchased his first plane at the age of 16, before he bought his first car. After working as a state trooper in upstate New York, he was able to follow his dream of flying by joining the Army as a helicopter pilot, first transporting soldiers in Viet Nam, then becoming an instructor pilot. Later he retired to civil service in Fort Rucker and became one of the few helicopter simulator experts traveling the world trouble-shooting flight simulators. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his exceptional abilities gleaned from a lifetime of love for his craft. Albert was a kind and honorable man, who from being a trooper, army pilot, experimental instructor spent his life in service of his community and country. We will miss his joy of life and his ability to find light and humor in the most dark times, but we know he is joyous in his reunion at last with his beloved wife, Nancy.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Diana Cooper on Sept. 29, 2018; his parents, Ann and Al Cooper; and a sister, Veronica Bauchman.
Survivors include two daughters, Lynn C. O’Meara (Gary) and Diana C. Anderson (Ramesh), all of Enterprise; one son, Gene Cooper (Janet) of Headland; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
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Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory, 1301 Neal Metcalf Rd., Hwy. 167 N., Enterprise, AL 36330, (334) 393-2273