Jo Ann (Ruark) Cooper

October 12, 1931 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Jo Ann Cooper Obituary

Jo Ann Cooper age 92 of the Liberty Community passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024.  She was born October 12, 1931 in Woodville. Her parents were L. J. and Annie Eliza Ruark.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Bob Cooper; eight siblings, Katherine Lyle (Ennis), Helen Hughes (Doby), Elizabeth Williams (James), Doris Christie (Howard), Bill Ruark (Barbara), Eugene Ruark (Rachel), Jack Ruark (Jean) and Roger Ruark.  She is survived by two daughters, Susan Cooper (Bob McConnell, Companion) and Sheryl Scott (Howard); three grandchildren, Chris Bailey (Sarah), David Williams, Janna Bailey; one great grandchild, Gabriel Bailey; her friend, Tom McKinley and a number of cherished nieces and nephews.

She graduated high school in Union Point in 1948, then attended West Georgia College for two years. She transferred to the University of Georgia where she earned a Masters Degree in Business Education.

She taught High School Business for 30 years in four counties: Morgan, Greene, Jackson and Gwinnett, retiring in 1984. Jo Ann was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Liberty United Methodist Church, 3091 Liberty Church Road, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Chris Huskins and Rev. Larry Wynn officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodville Cemetery, 1191 Peachtree Avenue E, Woodville, GA 30669.  Visitation for family and friends will be at the church from 1:00 p.m. until time for the service. Serving as pallbearers are Bob McConnell, Chris Bailey, David Williams, Roger Ruark, Jeff Ruark, Howard Scott, Craig Bell and Jack Phares. The family would like to give a special thank you to Mary Williams as her caregiver. They would also like to thank St. Mary’s Hopice for their care. The family request any memorials be made to American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1685, Atlanta, GA 30303. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA 30642, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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February 15, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Liberty United Methodist Church (White Plains)

Funeral Service
February 15, 2024

2:00 PM
Liberty United Methodist Church (White Plains)


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