She was wife to one, mom of two, Granny Sarah to many, and SAC to a host of The Graceville News and Jackson County Times faithful readers. Sarah Cooper of Graceville, Florida, passed away November 10, 2o22.
To say SAC was talented is an understatement. She loved to sing, write, play piano, and constantly reminded her immediate family that their athleticism originated with her. She was an awesome basketball player in her day and she often reminisced with former teammates about their time on the court.
Through her weekly “SAC’s Corner” newspaper column, she kept readers informed for many years, reporting on church happenings, commemorating national holidays, and calling out the accomplishments of family, friends, and past and present members of the Jackson County community. She loved her community, adored her family, and practiced her faith in word and deed.
A native of Graceville, SAC was preceded in death by husband E. W. Cooper. Both were pillars of the community, remained inseparable for 59 years, and now are together again. She was adored by parents, Mary Emma and Moses Sconiers, and all five of her siblings.
SAC did not meet strangers. She had the ability to captivate anyone she met. From church to work to in the community, the family realized early on that we would always be sharing her with so many others who loved her. She was a dutiful member of New Easter Missionary Baptist Church, serving as a Deaconess, Church Secretary, and President of the Senior Choir. She had a longtime career at West Florida Electric Cooperative, after working in the Graceville school system as a paraprofessional for several years. Her volunteer work with various civic and service organizations included the Save the Babies program, American Cancer Society, and advisory positions at the Graceville Convalescent Home (now Signature Healthcare) and Campbellton-Graceville Hospital.
Sarah’s smile could light up a room and it will be sorely missed by all who loved her, knew her, or simply encountered her in any public place. Thank you, SAC, for sharing your God-given talents with all of us during your 83 years on this earth. Your family, friends, and readers will never forget you.
Sarah is survived by children, Jeffrey Cooper (Cassandra) and Jacqueline Cooper (Teresa); brother, Walter (Janet) Douglas; grandchildren: Jacqueline Cooper Rhodes, Michael Cooper, Maurice Jones (Faith), Monique McElroy, Tavis Bellamy, MarQuais Bellamy; great-grandchildren, Rasheed Campbell, Raven Blackmon (Q. McKenzie), Racquele (Jhamek) McKinzie, Ryan Parramore, Royce Rhodes, Derrius Rhodes; great-great grandchildren, Merkalus Cooper, Lynetta Jones, Lauren Jones Malachi Jones, A’Zayah Lewis, Ayden Washington, India McKenzie, and Jhamek McKinzie, Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.