South Carolina Clergyman Pete Cooper (December 6, 1944 – December 7, 2016) RIP

The Rev. Charles D. Cooper (Pete) died on December 7, 2016. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Church (252 South Dargan Street) at 11:00 am on Monday, December 12, 2016, with burial immediately following the service, in the St. John’s Memorial Garden. A reception will follow in the St. John’s Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Cooper was born in Lancaster, SC and was raised in Great Falls and Clinton, SC. A 1963 graduate of Clinton High School, Pete was a member of the Class of 1967 at the Citadel. He also received postgraduate degrees from Furman University and the University of the South (Sewanee) and was ordained in the Episcopal Church, 1981.

Pete served in the United States Marine Corps and was most proud of his fellow Marines. He spent many years as priest, teacher, coach, chaplain, assistant headmaster of several schools beginning his career with Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC and ending with Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School near Florence. He loved all of his school families. He also served in the Church as Assistant and Rector of several Parishes beginning at St. John’s Church in Columbia, retiring as Rector of St. John’s Church in Florence after 20 years, and continuing as Interim at The Church of the Ascension in Hagood, SC until the time of his death. His other service included St. David’s in Cheraw, SC and St. Cyprian’s in Lufkin, TX. Again, he loved all of his parish families.

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2 comments on “South Carolina Clergyman Pete Cooper (December 6, 1944 – December 7, 2016) RIP

  1. David Keller says:

    Pete was an unusual, but really great guy. I was senior warden at St. John’s in Columbia when he was ordained and I was honored to be one of his presenters. My two best memories of him were when we had a camouflage chasuble made for him, and the time he and I offered to get rid of the pigeon problem overnight at St. John’s if the vestry would buy us a case of beer and a box of pellets for Pete’s pellet gun. They, sadly, turned us down.

  2. Kendall Harmon says:

    The Pearl of the PeeDee I liked to call him. Incredibly loyal, hard working, and faithful.

    He will be greatly missed.