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Michael James Cooper, age 57, of Mountain City, TN passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Mountain City Care Center. He was born on May 26, 1958 to the Millard and June Price Cooper. Michael was very intelligent and was a dedicated, hard worker. He was a good father and loved his family very much. Michael enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved walking the Appalachian Trail. He also was an author and freelance photographer. Michael was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Cooper, daughters: Debbie Salmons and husband Bucky and Kristi Forrester; son, Matthew Michael Cooper; sister, Kathy Blevins and husband Glenn; brothers: Gary Cooper, Ricky Cooper, Terry Cooper and wife Marilyn and Bobby Cooper and wife Beatrice; grandchildren: Jordan Phillip Salmons, Charlie Anna June Salmons and one grandchild on the way; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many special friends. Funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors David Bentley and Greg Poe officiating. Graveside service and interment followed at the Price-Cooper Cemetery. Pallbearers wee Jordan Salmons, Bucky Salmons, Howard Cooper, Zack Cooper, Cameron Cooper, Eric Roark, Dallas Arnold and Curtis Blevins. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Cooper and Robbie Gilley. The family received friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or the funeral home to assist with final expenses. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Michael’s brother, Ricky Cooper, 196 Millard Cooper Lane, Mountain City, TN 37683. Condolences may be sent to the family at The family of Michael J. Cooper has entrusted his service to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.