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Funeral Services Tuesday for Jamestown Soldier

By Eileen Buckley

Jamestown, NY – Mourners will begin paying their respects Monday for a Jamestown soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Private Charles Cooper Jr. was killed in a bomb blast while on duty April 29th.

A wake for Private Cooper begins at the Jordon Funeral home in Sinclairville. Viewing hours will be held Monday afternoon and night for the 19-year-old soldier.

Cooper was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. But just a few weeks before his death, he was awarded a Purple Heart for surviving an earlier bomb blast.

Cooper joined the Army in 2004 shortly after his graduation from Jamestown High School. Principal Joseph Yelich says the school will most likely create a memorial in Cooper's honor.

"We'll be in touch with his father to see what he thinks," Yelich said. "We'll be able to put together some sort of memorial."

Yelich says the school has several archived film clips of Cooper during his time at Jamestown High School, saved from his video production classes.

"We're working on a film clip documentary, featuring his work in the videography program," Yelich explained. "I certainly anticipate that we'll commemorate Charles as a testament to his courage."

Cooper was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum. He was the youngest of six children. He is survived by his father, Charles Cooper senior and mother Sherry Weaver, both of Jamestown, as well as three brothers and two sisters.

Cooper will be buried Tuesday with full military honors. Funeral services will be held at the Park United Methodist Church. Then he will be laid to rest at the Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown.