Virgil Cooper

December 18, 1937 ‒ February 26, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Good natured and quiet mannered, Virgil Cooper was devoted to his family.  On Monday, February 26, 2018, Virgil passed away peacefully on a sunny day, following a short illness.  He was 80.

The son of Stanley and Alma (Sartin) Cooper, Virgil was born December 18, 1937 in Vanceburg, Kentucky.  He was graduated from Vanceburg High School in 1956 where he played on the basketball team.  Shortly after moving to Mansfield in April of 1958 Virgil met Mary Sue Weaver.  After one look he said, “I gotta have that beautiful girl…and her Mercury.”   At the same time Mary caught Virgil’s eyes and thought, “I gotta have that guy.”  Just six month later the two were married on October 4, 1958 and they celebrated and shared 59 years of marriage.

Virgil worked as a supervisor for PPG retiring after 40 years.

He was a huge Kentucky Wildcat and Lexington basketball fan.  For 40 years, Virgil and Mary purchased reserved floor seats for Lexington basketball games.  He enjoyed golfing, and when Mary learned to play, the two would golf at local courses as well as take golfing trips together.

Virgil and Mary were in many ways inseparable.  They shared interests in golfing and traveling.  Together they traveled across the country.  Their favorite destinations were Hawaii, Key West, and Breckenridge.

Virgil enjoyed throwing horseshoes.  He was a longtime member of the Lexington Lions Club.  Even up to this week, he was solving two crossword puzzles each day.   Virgil was a family man at-heart, a devoted husband, dad, and pa-pa, who unconditionally loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Sue (Weaver) Cooper of Lexington; son Chad Cooper of Lexington, daughters Dawn Snelling of Mansfield and Jill and Tony Kmetz of Lexington; grandchildren Dan Snelling, Nick and Cassidy Sirosky, and Brace Cooper; sister Peggy Clark of Vanceburg, Kentucky; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Also special to Virgil’s heart were Michael Snelling, Steve Sirosky, Gretchen Fields-Cooper, Spencer Kmetz, Olivia Kmetz, and Snook Hamilton.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Cooper, Jr., and Garnet Clark.

Virgil’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Friday at the funeral home from 10-11am where funeral services will begin at 11am.  Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to OhioHealth Hospice may be made through the funeral home.

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  • I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please be comforted by the promise that one day soon death, mourning, and pain will be gone from the earth forever. (Revelation 21:4) Until that time, may the love and support of family and friends help to ease the pain of your loss.

  • My deepest condolences to Mary, Chad, Dawn, Jill & Brace,
    Virgil was a wonderful man. My parents knew him well; loved him and Mary. May he rest in peace; as well as all of you even though his passing is sad; he is well now. Love to you all from The Griffeth Family on Vanderbilt Rd.