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This tombstone was placed by Mrs. Ophelia Cook Sutton-Bell some years ago in memory of her Uncle Tom.

COOPER, Tom J., 8 Sep 1867 - 4 Apr 1952, (buried next to his sister Hetta Cooper Brooks)
BROOKS, Hettie Ridge Cooper, 3 Aug 1861 - 23 Mar 1952.  Hetta Cooper Ridge Brooks was the mother of Mary Little Ridge Cook wife of Ben F. Cook. She was living with her daughter Mary and Ben F. Cook in Sandy Hook when she died.
Her brother Tom Cooper, also lived with Ben F. and Mary Cook. Ben F., Tom, and Hetta all died within one week of each other, leaving Mary L. Ridge Cook. Hetta is my GGrandmother. Tom is my GG-Uncle. [MB]

Tom J. Cooper and kids

Front row, L-R:
Morris and Lillie Brooks
Back row, L-R:
Thomas Jefferson Cooper (my great uncle Tom Cooper), Cora Lee (my great aunt) and Mary Little Ridge (my grandmother who is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Tn. next to her husband Ben F. Cook Sr.)

Tom J. Cooper was a Miller at Fountain Creek Mills in Maury County, Tn.
Obituary for Tom J. Cooper
Services were Conducted last Saturday for Tom J. Cooper, 85, who died Friday morning at the home of his niece, Mrs. Ben F. Cook, at Sandy Hook. Mr. Cooper had been ill for about a month. He was a native of Sumner County, a son of the late W.D. Cooper and Elizabeth Smith Cooper, and was a retired miller. Rev. J.K. Knupp, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducted the rites with interment in Fountain Heights Cemetery, Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Russel Scott, Frank Sutton, Ben F. Cook, Jr., Robert McClain, Hazel Bassham and Dewey Thomas. Mt. Pleasant Record - Apr 1952.
Ref: COOPER, RIDGE, SOUTHERLAND & COOK ; Compiled and edited by Dora Gordon Whisenant Fayetteville, Tn.; page 2. Published 2008.

Hettie L. Cooper Ridge Brooks and my Daddy, Robert Matthew McClain, 1946 or 1947.
Information and photos by Mary Bob McClain Richardson, 28 Dec 2004. Corrected 1 Feb 2005. Revision 7 Feb 2007 Revision 2 Jan 2008.