Funeral services for Rose Cooper Smitherman, age 82 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Thomason officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Oakhill Cemetery in Jasper, AL beside her husband John Smitherman. Mrs. Smitherman passed away Tuesday at Bailey Manor.
She was a native of Jasper, AL and the daughter of the late Ralph R. and Dollie Baker Cooper. Mrs. Smitherman graduated from Curry High School in Jasper, AL in 1949 and was a retired legal secretary for Jack Daniel Distillery. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a sister Carolyn Cooper Morgan and husband Lawrence of Shawnee, KS, nieces Patricia Osbern of Shawnee, KS, great niece and nephew Zachary Osbern and Carolyn Osbern of Shawnee, KS, nephew John Edward Kelly and wife Kristen of Verol Beach, FL, great niece and nephew Edward J. Kelly III, and Padriag J. Kelly, Caitlyn Kelly all of Verol Beach, FL, niece Reba Kelly Phillips and husband David of Collinsville, IL,amd niece Jeanie and Redge Thagard of Willington, AL.
Mrs. Smitherman was preceded in death by three brothers Ralph, John and Arthur B. Cooper and three sisters Ruby Kelly, Dolly Walls and Priscilla Cooper.
Visitation with the family will be Sat from 10am-11am at Higgins Funeral Home.