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Justice Robert Cooper

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee said today the state's "entire judicial family is saddened" by the death of former Justice Robert E. Cooper Sr. of Signal Mountain, who passed away Sundayat 95.

"Justice Cooper was highly respected by members of the judiciary and legal community," Lee said in a statement. "He diligently served this great state for nearly forty years as a public servant. A Chattanooga native, he left a proud and lasting legacy by his strong intellect, and his tireless work and commitment to his state, his community, his church and the judiciary."

Cooper is the father of former Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. The elder Cooper served as a judge at the county and state levels, sitting as a justice on the state's highest court from 1974 to 1990. 

The elder Cooper is also survived by his wife, Catherine Kelly Cooper, also an attorney; his daughters Susan Hodges, Bobbie Martin, and Kelly Smith, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at East Chapel, Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road. Services will be on Saturday, 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, 700 Pine Street, with visitation in the church beginning at 10 a.m. 

Burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Second Presbyterian Church and Hospice of Chattanooga.

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