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M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery - Burial Records
Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
GPS: 34.481474, -82.576161
140 Inway Drive
Anderson, SC 29621
Date published: January 18, 2018
Total records: 2,811
M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, located on 57 acres, opened in December 2007. As of 30 June 2017, 2,722 Veterans, spouses and dependents, have been buried with another 5,718 registered (pre-certified) with the cemetery for burials in the future.
Phase I of cemetery construction consisted of 30 acres with an administration office building, a Committal Shelter, Flag Plaza, memorial Walk, four Columbarium Walls, maintenance bays and building with approximately 23 acres designated for over 16,000 burials or cremation interments. Phase II, which began in March 2013 and was completed in mid-2014, provided an expansion of Areas I and J, an irrigation system, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure, and the placement of 1,997 pre-placed crypts.
The cemetery is named in honor of M.J. “Dolly” Cooper who was born on 29 June 1920, to his proud parents, Dewitt and Elvie Campbell Cooper in Piedmont, South Carolina. After graduating from Piedmont High School in1937, Mr. Cooper went to work in the Piedmont Mills and took a job with the Piedmont Economy Store in 1939. Mr. Cooper joined the South Carolina National Guard on 3 September 1940, and was called to active duty two weeks later. During the WWII era, he bravely served his country for five years and one month in the 30th Infantry Division. Mr. Cooper spent twenty months overseas and eleven months in combat duty, fighting in epic military battles such as the Battle of Normandy, the Battle of Mortain, the drive across France, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Rhine River crossing, among others. He was recognized with highest military honors for his exceptional commitment to his fellow soldiers and country, and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, European-AfricanMiddle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, American Defense Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge. Mr. Cooper was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1974, serving on the Medical, Municipal, and Military Affairs Committee where he worked to improve health care for all South Carolinians. He retired from his role as legislator in 1990, at which time his youngest son, Dan, was elected to the seat. He was extraordinarily active in the Piedmont community. Mr. Cooper was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 1990, by longtime friend and neighbor, Governor Carroll Campbell.
Records published here were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on January 17, 2018. They include dates of death up through September, 2017.