Troy Allen Cooper passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was born May 8, 1935, in Jackson County, Alabama. The son of the late Frank and Myrtle Cooper, he proudly served in the US Navy from 1954 through 1958 on the USS Rochester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth Conley Cooper, and sisters, Jewell Rousseau and Karen Paris.
Troy’s love for people was contagious. His warmth and understanding drew people to him, as well as his keen sense of humor. He and Sarah enjoyed entertaining family and friends with Troy doing most of the cooking for festive events. Family gatherings will not be the same without him.
Troy had a remarkable career in the aerospace field that extended from the infancy of our country’s space program throughout NASA’s Space Shuttle era. His first job was at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, where he worked on the Nike Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, the Persian Missile, and the Falcon Rockets.
In the mid-sixties, he worked for Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Brunswick, Georgia, in the research program that developed the space booster. During the exciting times of the early space program, he joined an impressive team of researchers, engineers, and scientists to build and develop what was at the time the largest rocket in the world. This team’s engineering successes later became the basis for the booster used in Space Shuttle Program. He retired in December 1993 as a division supervisor for General Dynamics, at Cape Kennedy/ Space Center Florida.
Troy was of the Pentecostal faith and attended the Galilean Church in Hixson, Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Sarah Rose Paris Cooper, nephews Mike Paris (Kathy), Scott Douglas (Kendi), Dennis Matthews (Maria), Robin Cooper (Teri), and Charlie (Kay) Rousseau, and niece Vicki Matthews Walker, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to The Galilean Church, 8609 Walnut Road, Hixson, TN 37343. The family expresses their gratitude to pastors Joe Sneed and Don Glenn, who have meant a great deal to the family, especially in recent weeks. Graveside service will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 2:00 PM DST at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
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