Bessie Addison Cooper was born on June 24, 1923, in St. Charles, to the late Maggie McDuffie and James Addison Sr. She departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at her residence.

Bessie attended various public schools of South Carolina and was a faithful member of Unionville AME Church.

Bessie later married her childhood sweetheart and loving husband, the late Frank Cooper Jr. They were blissfully married for 68 years. Their union was blessed with five beautiful children.

Bessie along, with her husband and children, moved to Harlem, New York. Under the leadership of Bishop William L. Bonner she became a member of Refuge Temple Church where she served diligently on the usher board auxiliary for several years.

She believed in the value of family and was a loving stay at home mother who devoted her love and attention to caring for her children. It was then in which she also discovered one of her callings.

Bessie later placed her loving hands on the task of entrepreneurship, taking care of other children in the surrounding community for 31 years.

She later retired and moved back home with her family in 1995 to Sumter. She then discovered a new loving home at New Hope Church of Sumter where she served on the choir for several years.

Bessie enjoyed time with her family and loved family gatherings. She took great pleasure in preparing meals, and entertaining family.

Bessie also enjoyed attending the senior citizen center, where she met many new friends. She had a sweet spirit about her. Two of her favorite sayings were: "be a blessing not a burden," and "God is to wise to make a mistake and to just to do wrong."

In her spare time she always enjoyed telling stories about her family.

Bessie leaves to cherish her precious memories two daughters, Bettie (Isaiah Sr.) Taylor of Sumter and Jo- Anne Cooper (Paige) of Bronx, New York; two grandsons, Isaiah Taylor Jr. of South Carolina and Dwayne (Martha) Cooper Bronx, New York; three granddaughters, Tanya Torrence of Florida, Michelle Heriot and Mary Brown of Rosell, New Jersey; a cousin, Bertha Wilson; four great-grandnieces, Kursten and Imani Torrence of Hinesville, Georgia, and Alize and Zena Cooper of Bronx, New York; three sisters-in-law, Bernice (Fred) Penny of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Essie Plowden of Washington, D.C. and May Frances Addison of South Carolina; one daughter-in-law, Margaret Wilson of Rosell, New Jersey; a very special devoted son-in-law, Isaiah Taylor Sr.; three special nephews, Moses Hudson, Kenny Addison and Sam Mitchell; two special grandnieces, Robbie Walker and Dr. Roblena Walker; Dr. Maxie Brown, a dear friend; her very special friend and companion Marie Green; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Cooper Sr.; three sons, Joseph Cooper, Leon Cooper and Frank Cooper III; three sisters, Hattie Brown, Connie Brunson and Maggie Mack; seven brothers, Theo, Walter, Willie, Rembert, James, David and Odell Addison.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at Job's Mortuary.

Mrs. Cooper will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at New Hope Church, 92 Middle St., Sumter, with pastor Bishop Russell Rogers officiating

Interment will follow in Mt. Moriah UM Church Cemetery, Mayesville.

Family will be receiving friends at 718 Wren St., Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

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