News for anti-enforcement Metro-Atlanta Sheriffs: Georgia law requires all jailers to report incarcerated illegal aliens to DHS

Opinion

Governor Brian Kemp remains silent on illegal immigration

Written and submitted By D.A. King

In 2011, Aurelio Mayo Perez, an illegal alien, was booked into the Cobb County jail for no driver’s license but released due to an immigration enforcement reduction edict from then-President Barack Obama. Two years later, Mayo Perez was charged with aggravated child molestation and rape. The name of the ten-year old girl he was convicted of repeatedly molesting is not available.

Last week, newly sworn Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens held an elaborate press conference packed with invited anti-enforcement activists and proudly announced his termination of the 287(g) program. The Marietta Daily Journal described the event’s big finish with “…as the event ended, and a mariachi band began to play, the mood in the room was decidedly celebratory. The new sheriff even took to the floor and waltzed for a moment, reveling in his audience’s approval.”  Cobb County Deputy Sheriff Loren Lilly – killed in a 2007 traffic crash by an unlicensed illegal alien driver – was unable to attend.  

Democrat Commission Chairwoman Lisa Cupid pronounced Owens’ decision “bold, necessary, and overdue.” Cobb’s new District Attorney, Flynn Broady weighed in with “this is going to make our community safer.” We recommend reading the entire MDJ report

Created by Congress in 1996, and signed into law by Bill Clinton, the voluntary 287(g) program is a tool used to expand the authority of local law enforcement to locate and report to ICE illegal aliens, usually in county jails. It’s a deterrent. Then-Senator Joe Biden voted in favor of passage. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Owens claims “the program morphed into one that profiled immigrants through traffic stops, which resulted in them being deported on misdemeanor charges.” While Sheriff Owens – a former Cobb County policeman – is certainly free to smear his fellow law enforcement officers with shameless accusations of profiling, he should understand that it’s illegal aliens who are deported and that removal is the punishment for illegal immigration, not traffic violations. 

Jose Alfaro-Contraras, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was one of the gunmen in an April, 2015 armed robbery of the owner of a check-cashing store in Duluth. A year earlier, Alfaro-Contraras had been in the Gwinnett County jail on a shoplifting charge. He was released because “minor crime.”

The above examples are taken from a 2017 report “Jail records reveal immigrants not deported after minor crimes later commit worse ones” from Atlanta’s Fox Five TV News investigative reporter Randy Travis. 

(L) -Cobb Co. Sheriff Craig Owens, (R) -Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor Photo credit: WSB-TV/Twitter

In Gwinnett County, on his first day in office, Sheriff Keybo Taylor made his enforcement policy clear when he quit the 287(g) program: “What we will not be doing is notifying ICE of anybody’s immigration status in the jail or any of our facilities…” said Taylor at his own presser. He told a local NPR interviewer 287(g) is slanted towards “people of color.” 

“So basically, what that program started to do was target, uh, you know, people of color that were in this country that’s undocumented, so, you know, it became, you know, a racist issue for me…”, 

Taylor says he would rather focus on gang members. I was curious, so I checked with experts on gangs in Gwinnett and the skin color concern Taylor expressed. But on that topic Sheriff Taylor does have worries about borders “…crime and criminals…they don’t, they do not respect borders, so, you know, it’s nothing to come from Atlanta to Gwinnett County…” says Taylor. Indeed.

 

In print and radio interviews, both sheriffs have done a remarkable job of learning and adhering to the anti-287(g) talking points distributed by the far-left. Below are some of those tips from a 2008 ACLU ‘toolkit.’ 

 

‘How to oppose 287(g) agreements in your state or locality’

 

* Always describe how police enforcement of immigration laws endangers public safety for everyone.

* Assert that local police of immigration laws will result in widespread racial profiling.

* Assert that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government.

* Assert that police resources are stretched thin already.

 

Georgia law: A ‘Plan B’ to address anti-enforcement sheriffs

Attention Georgia prosecutors, including Flynn Broady in Cobb County: Independent of 287(g), longstanding (2006) state law (OCGA 42-4-14) requires jailers to check the immigration status of incoming foreign prisoners. “If the foreign national is determined to be an illegal alien, the keeper of the jail or other officer shall notify the United States Department of Homeland Security, or other office or agency designated for notification by the federal government.” 

This “Plan B” would be much more effective if it is actually enforced and if Gov. Kemp would end his silence on illegal immigration. See the Dustin Inman Society Brian Kemp file here.

D.A. King is president of the non-profit, Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 1/12 – 1/20

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 1/4 – 1/11

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Obituary: In Memory of Lisa McGhee

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Lisa Ann (Reece) McGhee, age 60 of Ellijay, GA passed on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Lisa was born August 1, 1960 to her parents Hayward Jackson and Ellen Gladys (Weaver) Reece in Ellijay, GA. She was a member of the Orchard Church. Lisa graduated from Gilmer High School in 1978 and was graduate of Kennesaw State University. Lisa was a licensed Real Estate Appraiser in Gilmer County. She enjoyed hiking and the outdoors. She is preceded in death by her father Hayward Jackson Reece. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Logan Funeral Home Chapel with pastor Steve Dusek officiating and David Westmorland reading the Eulogy. Visitation will be Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Music by Henry Hadden and Vocalist Trish Kirkland. Graveside Interment will follow at the Ellijay City Cemetery with David Westmoreland, Larry Farist, James Wishon, Al Hadden, Heath Thompson, Ernie Stover serving as pallbearers and with Nathan Smith, Hunter Smith, Zachary Walls, Austin Walls, Ty Reece, Curtis Davis and Noah Reece serving as honorary pallbearers. She is survived by her daughter Rachael Ann Malone, Ellijay, GA, mother Mrs. Ellen (Weaver) Reece, Ellijay, GA, sisters Janice L and Lynn Hale, Ellijay, GA, Sheila Sue Walls, Carrollton, GA, brother Kevin and Paige Reece, Ellijay, GA, grandsons Dreyton John Malone, Mason Wayne Malone, nieces and nephews Nathan Smith, Kristin Smith, Zachary Austin Walls, Ty Reece, Noah Reece, great nieces and nephews, Hunter Smith, Molly Smith, Riley Smith, Jackson Smith and best friend Rae Ann Hadden. Flowers are being accepted or donations can be made to the Boys & Girls Club at PO Box 649 Jasper, GA 30143 in memory of Lisa. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.

New Data Supports Social Distancing Now More Than Ever

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Department of public health

News Release from the Department of Public Health – April 2, 2020

Atlanta – As Governor Brian Kemp and DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D.,
M.P.H., finalize the details of the Executive Order requiring Georgians to shelter in place, it is
important to emphasize why these measures are needed now to keep all Georgians healthy and
safe and to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For weeks it has been known that people who were positive for COVID-19 but did not have
symptoms likely were able to transmit the virus. However, on March 30, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, M.D., confirmed that new data indicates
that as many as 25% of individuals infected with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic. Additionally,
science also now informs us that individuals who are symptomatic, are infectious up to 48
hours before symptoms appear. This new information tells the health care community,
medical researchers, public health and governments why COVID-19 is spreading so rapidly.
“Until now, containing the spread of COVID-19 has been based on early detection and isolation
of people with symptoms of the virus,” said Toomey. “Social distancing and keeping people
apart from each other are now more than just recommendations; they are the best weapons we
have to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

In addition to social distancing, all Georgians are reminded to wash their hands frequently and
thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) when
soap and water aren’t available. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes with
unwashed hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the used tissue in
the trash.

To read more about the presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6914e1.htm?s_cid=mm6914e1_w
For more information about COVID-19 https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.

Volunteer for COVID-19 Response

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Volunteer for COVID-19 Response

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical
professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response. An
effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia
Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and
credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in
Georgia.

Medical volunteers may be used to answer medical questions coming into the COVID-19
hotline, or assist at test specimen collection sites. Nonmedical volunteers may be used in
administrative roles at either the call-center or test collection sites, or provide interpretation or
other skills as needed.

To volunteer, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-responds and click on the “Register
Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes. Prospective volunteers will be asked for their
name, address, contact information and occupation type. In order to be eligible for some
assignments, responders are encouraged to complete a profile summary, which includes skills
and certifications, training, medical history, emergency contact and deployment preferences
Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.
All Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering
to the following guidance:

• Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.
For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Tonya Davenport: Obituary

Obituaries

Miss Tonya Davenport, age 53, of Cherry Log, Ga, died Monday February 24, 2020.

Miss Davenport was born, December 5, 1966, in Gilmer County the daughter of Monte Davenport and Carolyn Long. She was a nurse for Riverside Academy in Atlanta and of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include: mother; Carolyn Long, father; Monte Davenport, sisters and brothers-in-law; Cyndi and Corey Brown, Monja and Jamie Norwood, brother and sister-in-law; Tyler and Kaylee Davenport, special niece and caregiver; Ariel Davenport, aunts, Ann Breeden, Sue Burgess and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday Feb. 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Hagin officiating. The family will meet with friends Saturday from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Miss Davenport.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Carol Lola Stone: Obituary

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Mrs. Carol Lola Stone age 72 of Ellijay died Sunday February 16, 2020.

Mrs. Stone was born May 9, 1947, in, Madison GA the daughter of the late Edward and Vannie Brooks Fitzpatrick.  She was a high school graduate, homemaker and loved poetry, books, painting, animals, and living in the mountains.Her parents, Billie R Stone (spouse), Amy Noel Stone (daughter), Lisa Stone (daughter in law) preceded her in death.

Survivors include: Children: Lara Stone daughter, Ryan Stone son, Julie flowers daughter, Shawn flowers son in law, Grand children:, Joshua Flowers, Caitlin Flowers, Abigail Flowers, Tori Stone, Great-grandchildren:, Jericho Flowers, Keegan Flowers, Brother: Edward Fitzpatrick ,Brother in law: Lee Stone, Sister in law: Mary Stone, Sister in law: Joyce Stone ,along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced later.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George Washington Lee: Obituary

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Mr. George Washington Lee, age 90, of Ellijay, died Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Mr. Lee was born, February 16, 1930, in Atlanta, the son of the late George W. and Viola Hill Lee. He held a Master’s Degree and was a retired teacher with the Fulton County School System.

He is preceded in death by his wife; Betty Moore Lee.

Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law: George and Rebecca Lee, Newnan, Eric and Amanda Lee, Holly Springs, 3 grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Leon “Andy” Keener: Obituary

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Mr. Andrew Leon “Andy” Keener age 62, of Ellijay, died Monday, February 24, 2020.

Mr. Keener was born, July 14, 1957, in Gilmer County the son of Lorene Mullins Keener and the late Alvin Keener. He was retired from Lance trucking and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his father, son; Robbie Keener, sisters; Linda Nicholson and Barbara Strickland.

Survivors include; wife; Rita Griffin Keener, sons and daughters-in-law; Adam and Abigail Keener, Matthew and Amanda Keener, mother; Lorene Keener, Ellijay, sister; Lisa Kell Ellijay, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. David Nicholson and Rev. Mitchell Pack officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Baptist Church cemetery.

The family will meet with friends Tuesday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm at the funeral home. Family also request no food be brought to the funeral home.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ivey Lee Wiggins: Obituary

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Mr. Ivey Lee Wiggins, age 74 of Ellijay, GA formerly of Maysville, NC passed on Friday February 21, 2020. Mr. Wiggins was born on March 3rd, 1945 to his late parents Lam Byrd and Myrtle Marie (Cannon) Wiggins in Maysville, NC. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church of Maysville and a retiree of Northrop Grumman Aerospace with over 40 years of service. Mr. Wiggins is preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Hackney, brothers, Wilbur, Pat & Donald Wiggins. Memorial services are being planned for a future date by the family. Interment will take place in the Maysville Memorial Cemetery in North Carolina. Mr. Wiggins is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa & Derek Maxwell of Ellijay, GA, grandchildren, Michelle Ashley Olander, Dylan Scott Maxwell and Michael Lee Maxwell, great granddaughter, Melody Rose Olander, sisters, Dorothy Banks of Maysville, NC, Linda Edwards of Burgaw, NC, brothers, Jerry Wiggins and Bill Wiggins, both of Maysville, NC, Nathan Wiggins of Jacksonville, NC, Johnny Wiggins of Angier, NC and Rodney Wiggins of Pink Hill, NC, several nieces and nephews also survive. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

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Jack Larence Kerr: Obituary

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Mr. Jack Larence Kerr, age 80 of Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 at the Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. He was born on January 19th, 1940 in Tennessee to his late parents, John and Ruby (Lively) Kerr. Jack was of the Baptist faith and retired as a home builder. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margo (Doyon) Kerr and son, Randy James Kerr. A family memorial service is being planned and held at a later date. Interment will take place in the Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Kerr is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Eddie & Vickie Kerr, grandchildren, Brandon & Karen Kerr, Rev. Jamie & Amber Kerr, Marissa & Rev. Josh Green, Chandra & Darrell Epperson and nine great-grandchildren all of Ellijay, GA. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

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Tammy Ruth Beavers: Obituary

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Mrs. Tammy Ruth Beavers age 48 of Ellijay died Friday Feb. 14, 2020.

Mrs. Tammy Ruth Beavers was born August 17, 1971 in Maryland to Leslie Lamar Johnson and Dianna Rice Johnson. She acquired a Bachelor’s degree. She was also a homemaker.

Survivors include; Husband: Tommy Beavers, Ellijay Sons: Josh Beaver, Cumming, Nathan Gardner, Ellijay Daughters: Desiree Carpenter FL, Kathryn Sales, Ellijay, Tiffany Longboat, Ontario Canada, Brothers: Craig Eagan, FL, Sister: Kathy Baker, NC, Mother-in-law: Brenda Beavers, Canton, Sister-in-law: Lisa Hardman, Canton 13 Grandchildren several nieces and nephews also survive.

A gathering of friends and family will be held Monday Feb. 17, 2020 from 12:00pm until 6:00pm at the funeral home.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Beavers.

Johnny Couch Jr: Obituary

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Mr. Johnny Couch Jr. age 80 of Ellijay GA died Feb. 15, 2020.

Mr. Johnny Couch Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1940 in Greenville South Carolina to John Couch Sr. and Grace Ramsey Couch. He was employed by Canton Mill, and was also of the Baptist Faith.

He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley Couch, son Mark Couch, daughters Deborah Maupin, and Gail Kitchen.

Survivors include: Johnny Couch, Jasper GA, Derrick Couch, Ellijay GA, Brother: Tony Couch Jasper GA, 12 Grandchildren: Mikie Maupin, Chyrstal Maupin, Heather Maupin, Kisha Pugh, Chad Couch, Ariel Couch, Corey Couch, Carsyn Couch, Daniel Couch, Torre Couch, Brittany Couch, Melissa Couch 4 great-grandchildren: Seth Simlery, Nathan Pugh, Haley Pugh, Remi Couch Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday February 19 at 1:00pm from the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery with Rev. James Nickels officiating.

The Family will receive friends Wed. Feb 19 from 9:00 am until 12:30pm at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers the family ask that donations may be made to the funeral expenses in memory of Mr. Couch.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Couch.

Amelia Elizabeth (Dixon) Cornn: Obituary

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Ms. Amelia Elizabeth (Dixon) Cornn, age 76 of Jasper, GA, passed away February 13th , 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital surrounded by her family. Amelia was born on March 31st, 1943 in Maysville, NC to her parents Bernard Van Dixon and Florence Elizabeth Meadows. She graduated from White Oak High School in 1961 and obtained her Associates Degree in Business from FCCJ in Jacksonville, Florida. Amelia served several years with The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity as Sister Marie Gerard in Philadelphia before returning to North Carolina and joining Civil Service as a Secretary in 1966. Amelia retired from the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL, after 30 years of Civil Service. Amelia was a loving daughter, sister, cherished grandmother, and above all a devoted mother to her three children. She was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, GA. Amelia loved to garden, read, cook for friends and family, and could never resist a good crossword puzzle. Her infectious laughter, contagious smile, and love for all are just some of the many contributions to her lasting legacy. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at the Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church with Father Byrd officiating. Friends and family are invited to join her children for lunch at her favorite restaurant at 12:30pm, Last Catch on Main in Jasper, GA. Interment will be held after the services at Ellijay City Cemetery at 2:00pm. Ms. Cornn is survived by son David Howard Cornn, Jr. of Ellijay, GA, daughter Candice and husband Joe Chambers of Canton, GA, daughter Amy and husband Scott Robertson of Canton, GA, grandchildren Nathan and wife Amye Cornn, Chance Carden, Mac Chambers, Erin Chambers, siblings Leo (Christina) Dixon, Bernadette Dixon Muratore, James (Nell) Dixon, Ruth Dixon, Helen Johnson, Connie (Joe) Maides, and Linda (Dave) Deckard. Her children will receive friends and family from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at the Logan Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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Mary “Beth” Elizabeth (Simpkins) Cooper: Obituary

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Mrs. Mary “Beth” Elizabeth (Simpkins) Cooper, age 52, of Tunnel Hill, Ga, passed on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. Mrs. Cooper was born October 2nd, 1967, in Huntington, WV, to her parents, Clovis and Carole (Morrisette) Simpkins. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Christian faith and was a claims representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Company of Tennessee. Memorial services are currently being planned and will be announced as soon as they are available. Mrs. Cooper is survived her by son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Jade Cooper of East Ridge, TN, daughter Hannah Carol Cooper of Tunnel Hill, GA, aunt, Opal Powers and uncle Ben Simpkins both of Harrison, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with funeral expenses. Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

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