Elisha L. “E. L.” Cooper, age 90, of Jellico, Tennessee, passed away early Friday morning, July 14, 2023, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

He was born on March 7, 1933, to the late Frank Cooper and Edna Eugene (Jones) Cooper in Jellico, Tennessee.

E. L. proudly served our nation in the United States Army during the Korean War, having attained the rank of Corporal.  After his service in the U. S. Army, he was hired by Norfolk Southern Railroad where he completed 34 years of faithful service.  He was a longtime member of Crouches Creek Baptist Church.

He was also a member of Jellico Masonic Lodge, # 527 F. & A. M. for almost 60 years.  He was initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason on June 14, 1963.  He was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft Mason on July 19, 1963.  He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on August 23, 1963.  Additionally, he was a long-time member of Kerbela Shrine Temple – A. A. O. N. M. S. – located in Knoxville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Sgt. David Keith Cooper; sister, Betty Sue Crow; two brothers, Johnny Ray Cooper and Charles “Butch” Cooper; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete Bowlin, Jr. and Iona (Adkins) Bowlin.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 70 years, Wanda Jo (Bowlin) Cooper, of Jellico; two sons, Ronald Cooper, and wife, Judy (Parrott) Cooper, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Steve Cooper, of Heiskel, TN; two grandchildren, Vernon Cooper and Vanessa (Cooper) Seeger, and husband, Dave; two great-grandchildren, Gwen Seeger and Emmett Seeger; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends, neighbors, and other relatives  to mourn his passing.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2023, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel.

Masonic Funeral Rites will be conducted by the Jellico Masonic Lodge, # 527, F. & A. M. on Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2023, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Service will directly follow with the Rev. James Hodge officiating.
Military Graveside Honors will be conducted by the Jellico Honor Guard at the Bowlin Cemetery located on U. S. Highway 25-W in Jellico, immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Cox & Son Funeral Home of Jellico is in charge of all arrangements.

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