A graveside service for Thomas L. Cooper, 85, of Opelika was held at 11 a.m., Sept. 19, 2020, at Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, located at 4454 Lee Road 166 Opelika, Reverend George Rampey officiated.

Mr. Cooper, who passed away Sept. 14, 2020 at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika was born March 31, 1935 in Lee County, Alabama.

Public viewing for Mr. Cooper was on Sept. 19, 2020, from 9 to 10 a.m.

He leaves to cherish his memory: two daughters, Martha Jean Wilson of Schaumburg, IL and Carolyn Cooper of Lanett, Alabama; three sons, Lamar (Linda) Cooper of Opelika, Ronnie Cooper of Beulah, and Billy Cooper of Opelika; two sisters, Frances Ingram and Doris Cooper both of Opelika; four grandchildren, Marcus Wilson, Eric Cooper of Auburn, Jelisa Cooper of Opelika and Kemisha Cooper of Montgomery, Alabama; one great grandson, Qenra Wilson of Schaumburg, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Glennie Aldridge of Miami, Florida and Thelma Newsome of Chicago, Illinois; two brothers-in-law, Henry Louis Kindred of Los Angeles, California and Willie Mack Kindred of Rhode Island, New York; special friend, Samantha Carter of Salem, Alabama; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A graveside service for Dexter Simpson, 63, of Salem, Alabama was held at 1 p.m. (EST), on Sept. 21, 2020, at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery located at 553 Highway 165, Ft. Mitchell, AL 36856, Reverend Elijah Lamar officiated. Public viewing for Mr. Simpson was on Sept. 20, 2020, from 3 to 5 p.m. (CST).

SFC Dexter Simpson, son of the late Mr. Idell and Mrs. Helen Johnson Simpson, was born September 29, 1956 in Columbus, Georgia. At an early age, he confessed Christ and united with New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Opelika (Marvyn Community), Alabama. He served faithfully as a Deacon.

Dexter graduated from Beauregard High School Class of 1974. He served his country in the United States Army and in the Alabama Army National Guard for over twenty-two years. He was employed with Fieldcrest for almost twenty years before becoming an Owner Operator lease with Jag Trucking Company. He enjoyed working in his yard, in his shop, going to drag car racing and spending time with family. On Sept.14, 2020, he departed this life at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. He was preceded by: his sister, Clorenzia Simpson.

Those left to cherish his loving memories include: a devoted wife of forty-two and a half years, Janice Simpson of Salem; three daughters, Tiffany (Roy) Doolittle of Opelika, Crystal (Douglas) Stephens of Gardendale, Alabama and Stephanie Simpson of Salem; four grandchildren, Janeisa Doolittle, Bryce Stephens, Jaleigha Doolittle and Bryan Stephens; one brother, Randy (Shelia) Simpson of Salem; five aunts, Lula (Leroy) Toliver of Dallas, Texas, Rose Nell Hodge of Salem, Margie Fears, Mavis Melton, and Armetta Johnson all of Opelika; three uncles, Major Simpson, Lonnie (Julia) Simpson both of Salem and Joe Johnson of Phenix City, Alabama; one sister-in-law, Darlene (Larry) Favor of Montgomery, Alabama; two nephews, Frederick Lewis of Sandy Springs, Georgia and Tyree Simpson of Salem; five nieces, Tameka (Terrance) Johnson, of Salem, Courtney (Josh) McGhee, Brandi Simpson both of Phenix City, Ashley Simpson of Columbus, Georgia and Daphne Simpson of Salem; a host of great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.