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Funeral services are Friday for longtime Hall County clerk of commissioners
Cooper served as clerk from 1965-1992
Sylvia-Cooper
Sylvia Cooper

Funeral services are scheduled Friday for Sylvia Gilstrap Cooper, 85, who served as the Hall County clerk of commissioners for more than two decades.

Born March 3, 1930, in Gainesville, she served as clerk from 1965-1992.

Her oldest son, Jackie Cooper, said his mom was “sharp as a razor. That’s just the kind of person she was.”

“As the clerk of the county commission, she signed everybody’s checks. All the checks had her name at the bottom of them, so people kind of knew who she was,” Jackie Cooper said.

He said his mom’s devotion to county government knew no bounds.

“She would watch the Government Channel (TV18) all the time just to make sure she didn’t miss anything,” he said.

A 1946 graduate of Lyman Hall School, Cooper also served as a board member for Hall County Credit Union and served on the board for the Hall County Department of Family and Children Services.

According to her obituary, Cooper “enjoyed traveling to each state in the continental United States, returning with a souvenir for each family member. She enjoyed collecting dolls, having pet English Bulldogs and enjoyed all seasons of life.”

She was preceded in death by parents, John and Mattie Rider Gilstrap; husband, William Frank Cooper; and brothers, Earl, Boyd and Billy Gilstrap.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Chestnut Mountain Baptist Church. The Rev. Phil Carpenter and the Rev. Jeff Benefield will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville.

She is survived by her son, Jackie Cooper of Chestnut Mountain; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Wanda Cooper of Chestnut Mountain; grandchildren and spouses, Jeana and Kyle Patterson, Jaclyn and Matt Crow, Jessica and Kevin Sturm and Jody Cooper, all of Chestnut Mountain; great-grandchildren, Brantley and Kaylie Patterson, Donnie and Tanner Hensley, Luke Sturm and another due in March; sister, Nell Gilstrap Norris of Gainesville; and also a number of nieces and nephews.

See Cooper's full obituary here.

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