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Charlie (C.W.) (Cebo) Cooper
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Obituary for Charlie (C.W.) (Cebo) Cooper

Celebrating the Life of
Charlie W. (C.W) (Cebo) Cooper

A Time to Be Born

Charlie W. Cooper was born in Sandersville, Georgia on February 19, 1935 to the late Vance Cooper, Sr. and Daisy Bentley Cooper. He was the youngest of nine children.

A Time to Plant

Charlie confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Worthen, Georgia, under the leadership of the late Pastor James Nelson. He attended T. J. Elder High School in Sandersville, Georgia. After relocating to Saginaw, Charlie united with TrueVine Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Robert B. Corley, Sr., until his health failed; he continued to serve under Pastor Paul E. Broaddus. Charlie was a retiree of General Motors (Chevrolet Grey Iron Foundry) where he worked for 35 years. He was a member of UAW Local 668. A kind and loving man, Charlie loved and cherished his family. He enjoyed fishing, watching drag racing and meeting his retired friends at McDonald’s. Charlie was passionate about planting his vegetable garden in the back yard, especially greens.

A Time to Love

He married the love of his life, Lillie Mae Cooper; they were blessed to share forty wonderful years in marriage. Charlie’s greatest love was God, his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, as well as all of his relatives and friends.

A Time to Die

Mr. Cooper departed this life on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at home, surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance Sr. and Daisy Bentley Cooper; sisters, Lillian, Mildred, Minnie, Larea and Gertrude; brothers, Lonnie and Vance, Jr.; one son, Laurence Robert LaBee; and one daughter, Fredia Brooks.

A Time to Mourn

Charlie leaves to cherish his memory a very devoted and loving wife, Lillie Mae Cooper; one daughter, Delores Smith, Florida; three sons, Luke Anthony (Gabrielle) Chapple, Chicago, Illinois, Dedrick (Candes) LaBee, Iowa; Rachelle (Chassity) Rudison, Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Ella Mae Brown, Sandersville, Georgia; two daughters-in-law, Barbara LaBee and Mable Woods; three goddaughters, Terria McWright, Shandes Hughes and Judy (John) Ford; two godsons, Clifton Ryan and Thomas Darby; brothers-in-law, Arthur (Lois) Hughes, Robert (Gloria) Hughes, Booker T. Gibson; sisters-in-law, Hilda (Lawrence) Ruffin, Maxine (Josh) Chapple, Birmingham, Alabama; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; a special friend, Ralph Culpepper; three aunts, Corene Wright and Dorothy Wells, Hammond, Louisiana, and Rebecca Washington, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The family extends very special thanks to Pastor Johnnie Jackson, John Jackson, Willie Richards, the Deacons Ministry at Truevine Baptist Church, Ivan E. Phillips and the staff at Paradise Funeral Chapel.

Previous Events





2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Paradise Funeral Chapel

3100 South Washington Ave.
Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Family Hour




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Truevine Baptist Church

2930 Janes Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Celebration of Life




11:00 AM
Truevine Baptist Church

2930 Janes Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Officiating: Pastor Paul E. Broaddus

Cemetery Details


Forest Lawn Cemetery

3210 South Washington Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48601


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