Lindsay Howard Cooper, 97, of Milford, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Delaware Veterans Home, where he had been a resident for 11 months. Lindsay, the youngest of six children, was born in Stafford, Va., Sept. 15, 1916, to Henry and Katie Cooper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Thelma Marie in 1996 after 57 years of marriage; his second wife Catherine in 2010 after 13 years of marriage; his sister Pearl; and four brothers, Leonard, Haward, Abb, and Carl.
Until he was 13, Lindsay grew up on a farm in rural Virginia with no electricity or indoor plumbing. As a teenager, he moved to Washington, D.C. with his parents and began working, first delivering telegrams on a bicycle throughout the city and then delivering blocks of ice. During World War II, he was a Merchant Marine, working in the engine room of a Liberty ship and traveling to South America and Russia. After the war, he began working for the water department in the D.C. government, retiring in 1973.
Lindsay married Thelma Marie in 1939 and after several unsuccessful pregnancies, they had their only son Robert in 1954 after 15 years of marriage. After Thelma’s death, Lindsay married Catherine, a long-time friend from church, in 1997.
The Lord used a medical scare in 1960 to cause Lindsay to trust Christ as his personal Savior. He was a faithful member in First Boulevard Heights (now Fellowship) Baptist Church and then Capitol Baptist Church in Maryland. When he moved to Delaware in 1997, he became a member of First Baptist Church in Lewes, where he faithfully served when able. Lindsay had a passion for sharing the Gospel and boldly told many about his wonderful Savior.
Survivors include his son Robert and wife Janet of Milton; grandson Robert Jr. and wife Aaron of Simpsonville, S.C.; grandson David and wife Melissa of Greenville, S.S.; grandson Stephen and wife Alexandrea of Lewes; and five great-grandchildren, Addisyn, Riley, Elliot, Saige and Matthew.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow the services at 1 p.m., at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lindsay’s memory to First Baptist Church of Lewes, 1001 Kings Hwy., Lewes, DE 19958.