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Howard Paul Cooper, 69, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Patricia Ann Hummel Cooper, died Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Max Harry Cooper and the late Florence Glassman Cooper. Howard was a member of Congregation Mickve Israel. He earned his Bachelor degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. Howard worked in the jewelry business until he retired. He was raised in Clinton #54 F.&A.M. in 1971 and was Past Master (1987 and 2000). Howard joined the Alee Shrine Temple in 1972 and was a Past Potentate (2013). He thoroughly enjoyed being a “Hillbilly” in the Shrine parades. Howard never saw a gadget he didn’t “have to own” and loved spending other people’s money. His “morning” greeting to everyone became his trademark. Howard loved to travel but was most devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia Ann Hummel Cooper of Savannah; one daughter, Kimberly Florence Doyno of Long Island, New York; one son, Daniel Scott Cooper of Thomasville, Georgia, and two grandchildren, Sarah Beth Doyno and Jason Hunter Doyno.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

After the service the family will receive friends in the Social Hall of Congregation Mickve Israel – 20 East Gordon Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Backpack Buddies Mickve Israel – Post Office Box 816, Savannah, Georgia 31402-0816 or the Morris Slotin Fund – c/o Alee Shrine Temple – Post Office Box #14147, Savannah, Georgia 31416.

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  1. Debbie Owen says:

    My condolences to the Cooper family and to all of us who knew Howard, he was a great guy who always had a story to tell. He did enjoy traveling with Pat, when he came to see me it usually started with “Did I tell you where we are going next?”. Miss you Howard!

  2. Perry Lynes says:

    Rip my friend ! We both had a great time growing up in the old neighborhood (Edgemere) off of Waters ave..
    You were always a pleasure to be around and your smile and kind words will be missed by all who knew you . I pray God gives your family great peace and comfort during this difficult time !

    Perry Lynes
    Ellijay Ga.

  3. LLoyd Hodges says:

    Ann and I had the honor of being friends with Howard and his beautiful wife for many years, I was fortunate enough to serve as his Chaplain during his time as Potentate of the Alee Shriners and honoree of his Spring Ceremonial in 2016. I have met many people over the course of my 81 years and I never encountered a more honest or Godly man. He was a dear friend and a wonderful person and I will miss him.
    With loving thoughts and prayers,
    Lloyd and Ann Hodges

  4. Jincy Cook-Manchester says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Howard’s passing.i throughly enjoyed working with him at Friedman’s for many years, and especially enjoyed our daily lunches at Debi’s. He was always so full of joy and loved talking about his family.

  5. Nick Zoumberis says:


    Howard was on my mind this morning. Googled his name and found out the sad news. Please know that I am thinking of you.
    There never has more naive, clueless college freshman than Howard and me in Americus Georgia in September 1967.
    We became steadfast friends that learned each other’s background.
    RIP my friend.

    Nick Z

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