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Thomas Cooley, Jr.

August 21, 1941 ~ December 1, 2018 (age 77)

Thomas Quincy Cooley, Jr. (affectionately known as “Bay”, short for “Baby Brother”) was born August 21, 1941 in Laurel, Mississippi to the proud parents of Hattie Mae Evans and Thomas Quincy Cooley Sr. After his biological mother passed away February 26, 1951, Thomas, Sr. married Elma Louise Johnson. Mrs. Elma Louise Johnson-Cooley loved Thomas her own.  On December 1, 2018 Thomas peacefully transitioned this life in his home, surrounded by his family to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to receive his eternal reward.

He was an Ordained minister of the gospel and affiliated at Mount Calvary Fire Baptized Holiness Church. Thomas will always be remembered for his kind heart as a man who truly loved the Lord. His love of the Lord prompted him and his wife Carolyn to reach out to the single youngwomen who were facing Crisis Pregnancies. Carolyn and Thomas sponsored an Annual Block Partyfor which they were and honored by Mayor Moeller of Hamilton and featured on the Cincinnati local news station, Channel 9 in recognition for their outreach to the community.

Thomas was educated in the Hamilton, OH public school system and graduated from Taft High School in 1960. Thomas was active in sports for which he won many trophies in wrestling and football. Thomas won a college scholarship for his talent in football. After graduation, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps for four years from 9/4/1962 to 10/28/1966 and was a radio operator and paratrooper.

Thomas and Carolyn Franklin were united in marriage in 1971 and were married for over 30 years. In this union they raised 1 daughter, Jennese and 5 sons, Mark, Carl, Chris, Thomas and Montez. He was employed by the Wisconsin Humane Society and eventually as a tractor trailer truck driver.

Thomas accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in Freeport, Illinois in 1982 under the Pastoral leadership of his younger brother, James E. Cooley, Sr. Thomas completed Seminary school and was later called to the ministry and began preaching the Word God.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Quincy Sr., Hatie Mae Evans-Cooley, Elma Louise-Johnson-Cooley, and his brothers, Albert Cooley, Hubert James Rogers, Roland Evans Cooley, Sr. (Dorian Mosley), and John Allen Cooley.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Carolyn, one daughter, Jennese; five sons, Mark, Carl, Chris, Thomas, and Montez. Eighteen brothers and sisters, Mary Lucille Moore, Connie-Rogers-Shaw (Ricardo), Caroline Cooley-Itson, Paul Lawrence Rogers, Jerry Wayne Cooley, Wanda Louise Cooley-Osemwengie, Reginald Lee Cooley, James Edward Cooley, Sr., (Kathy Lynn), Anthony Wayne Cooley, Timothy Jerome Cooley, Anna Ruth Cooley, Phyllis Jean Cooley, Sharon Yvonne Cooley-Burdine (Carl), Terrence Eugene Cooley, Michael Andrew Cooley, Donald Dean Cooley, Ronald Gene Cooley, and Nicholas Ricardo Cooley, Sr.  In addition, he leaves a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and friends and family in the faith.

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