Linda Diane (Hunter) Cooper, 78, of Albany, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The family will have a private service at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Gerry Dorre will officiate. Entombment will follow at Crown Hill Mausoleum.
Linda was born in Lancaster, South Carolina to the late Heyward Frances Hunter and Glennie Myrtle Hunter. In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brothers, Heyward Glenn Hunter and Ronald Dennis Hunter; her sisters, Marcene (Mott) Hinson-Campbell and Myra Sue Hunter; her beloved grandson, William (Bill) Frank Donahoo; her best friend, Shelby Eubanks; and many beloved church family members.
Linda was a selfless, kind woman to whom God and family were the most important things. She attended Calvary Baptist Church faithfully for the last several decades of her life and was devoted to various ministries there. If you missed her singing in the choir or occupying her signature second-row pew in the service, you could always find her at the drink station in the fellowship hall filling cups with ice and tea for Homecoming or Thanksgiving, two of her favorite church events. She was involved with the kitchen committee and counting office and she loved serving in these ways. She carried out all of her work with real meekness and Godliness-- always thorough, gentle, and never in a hurry. She was eager to serve anywhere she could, and anyone who knew her well can easily remember her saying, “How can I help?” She considered her beloved church family to be her real family and was a cherished member of the church. What mattered most to her was leaving a Godly legacy to her family and that all of them would come to know and live for the Lord.
Linda certainly did carry her gentle, Godly ways into her family life. She wasn’t perfect but, nevertheless, practiced selflessness and service among family members. She showed up at family events with as much eagerness to serve as when she was at church. She was so proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren and she cherished all of her family with all of her heart. For many years, she spent every Friday evening with her two youngest granddaughters, taking them to eat and have fun in town and then back to her house to play. Linda considered it the highlight of her week for many years in addition to taking them to church on Sunday mornings. She loved all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her favorite thing was getting to spend time with all of them together. She was always concerned with the well-being of her family and faithfully laughed and mourned with them over the years. She led a quiet life and served her husband well, always keeping a neat and tidy house with serene gladness, without grumbling or complaining about the work to be done.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Cooper; her children, Cindy (Frank) Donahoo, Mike (Lorna) Cooper, and Steve (Dawn) Cooper; her brother, Gerald (Nancy) Hunter; her grandchildren, Aubrey (Daniel) Shaw, Jackie (Gabriel) Lopez, and Summer (Allen) Hall; her sisters-in-law Rose Usher and Brenda Cooper; as well as nine great-grandchildren and many other beloved extended-family member.
In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations in memory of Linda to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.