Jun. 15, 1858 Johnson City Washington County Tennessee, USA
Dec. 15, 1934 Asheville Buncombe County North Carolina, USA
James Thomas Cooper was the son of William J. Cooper & Hannah Pharr/Farr.
With the passing of James, "Herb Doctor" very few of this type of healing is left. Years ago the "herb doctor" who prescribed mountain herbs and compounds were familiar figures in the mountain region, but over the years, the numbers have diminished.
Dr. Cooper, as he was known by hundreds, came to the region of Biltmore thirty years ago from Tennessee Doctor Cooper had many patients in Asheville and the surrounding countryside. Although he was 70 years old, he made practically all his house call on foot, often walking far out into the countryside.
During his walks to homes in the countryside, "The Herb Doctor" would stop to gather barks from various trees and mountain herbs which he compounded into prescriptions. Although neighbors would often ask for the formulas, the good doctor would never tell.
Doctor Cooper found relaxation in reading and attending to his collection of honey bee hives. He had about 20 bee hives in the yard and one of his favorite books was the novel, "Keeper of the Bees".
In 1893 he married Mary Adelaid Dermid in Henderson, Tennessee and had three children: William Prince Cooper Arthur Otis Cooper Myrtle Irene Cooper He possibly remaried.
According to his death certificate, he is buried in Moores Grove Cemetery.