Joseph Phillips “Joe” Cooper

Joseph Phillips “Joe” Cooper

Union County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 Aug 1937 (aged 90)
Argyle, Denton County, Texas, USA
Burial Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 19513143 · View Source
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Father: John (Jack) C. COOPER (c.1818-1848)
Mother: Sarah Ann PHILLIPS (1823-1882)

Marriage 2 Nancy HARDAGE (c.1869-????)about 1897
Hardage Phillip COOPER (c.1905-????)

Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas) · Thu, Aug 5, 1937 · Page 8

Joseph Phillips Cooper, 90, a resident of Texas since about 1874, Confederate veteran and a long-time resident of Ellis County, where he served as district clerk, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Millard McGalliard, at Argyle Thursday at 8:15 a. m. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about a month ago. Funeral services will be held in Waxahachie some time Friday.

Cooper is survived by his wife, eight children, 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The children other than Mrs. McGalliard are Mrs. A. W. Lavender of Ore City, J. Whitfield Cooper of Dallas, Mrs. Miller Cooper Odom of Brownwood, Mrs. J. Olin Keitt of Hubbard City, C. H. Cooper of Corpus Christi, Mrs. M. M. Moody of Mullin and Hardage P. Cooper of Fort Worth.

Cooper was born in Calhoun County, S. C., Jan. 16, 1847. He enlisted as a private in the Civil War when 17 years of age and lost his left arm in the Battle of Resaca, Ga. He was a charter member of the old Camp Winnie Davis of U. C. V. in Waxahachie and also of Camp Sterling Price in Dallas, where he lived several years.


Dallas Morning News [Dallas, Texas]
Sunday, August 8, 1937
Section: IV Page: One Piece: One of Two

Death Strikes Again, Leaving but Five Names upon Rolls of Once Large Confederate Camp

The hand of time struck another name from the roster of Sterling Price Camp, United Confederate Veterans, so that when the organization meets Sunday at the courthouse the roll call will be brief -- five names.

Joseph Phillips Cooper, 90, of Company E. Thirtieth Alabama Infantry, who lived on 2824 Lee, rejoined Gen. Robert E. Lee's immortal army last week when the invisible bugler called him while he was visiting a daughter, Mrs. Milliard McGalliard of Argyle, Denton County. The body was taken to Waxahachie, his former home, for burial.

The five who are left in Sterling Price Camp are T. A. Rains, Company C, Twenty-Sixth Tennessee Infantry; J. J. Ellis, Wilson's Company, Georgia; W. W. Gant, Company D, Fourth Mississippi Cavalry; Dr. W. H. Montgomery, Company D, Third Kentucky Cavalry, and D. M. Yeary, Company B, Sixty-Fourth Virginia Cavalry.

Leaves 46 Descendants
To immortalize his history which reached its zenith when he alone escaped alive among a score of soldiers over whom a shell burst at the battle of Resaca, Ga., Mr. Cooper left forty-six living descendants.

Besides his wife, Mr. Cooper is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Woody Lavender, Ore City; Mrs. W. C. Odom, Brownwood; Mrs. Milliard McGalliard, Argyle; Mrs. M. Moody, Mullins; Mrs. Olin Keitt, Hubbard; three sons, J. W. Cooper, Dallas; C. H. Cooper, Corpus Christi; Hardage Cooper, Fort Worth; a brother W. L. Odell, Hubbard, and twenty grandchildren and eighteen great--grandchildren.

Lost Arm In War
As 15-year-old Joe Cooper, the veteran became a private in his Alabama regiment and fought in the front lines through many historic encounters before the battle of Resaca. There his left arm was blown off. He went to Tupelo, Miss., married there, and in 1875 he brought his bride to Texas in a covered wagon. They settled in Ellis County where Mr. Cooper served as District Clerk from 1884 to 1902. In 1917 he moved to Farmersville and in 1929 to Dallas. His home was 2824 Lee.

Mr. Cooper was born on his father's plantation in South Carolina on Jan. 16, 1847.

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