MARINA DEL REY, CALIF.—Charles Meade Cooper, the son of Prior and Gerald Cooper of Norfolk, and grandson of the late Celeste Beane Cooper and Lyn E. Cooper of Lancaster, died at the age of 50 on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Cedars Sinai Hospital near his home in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
He had waged a courageous, year-long battle against metastatic prostate cancer that included treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston.
He is survived by his loving son, Cayden C. Cooper, 11; and Cayden’s mother, Carrie Prevo.
In addition to his parents, Prior (Meade) and Gerald L. Cooper, survivors include his brother, L. Evan Cooper II, and his wife, Cassandra Barnett, along with their two sons, John H. Cooper and Miles G. Cooper, all of Charlottesville; also his cousins, Nancy Hubbard Clark of Kilmarnock, and her sons, Mark Clark and Charles Clark.
Charles Cooper was named to honor his father’s uncle, Charles Walton Hubbard, of Kilmarnock. Mrs. Joseph W. Beane Sr., Mr. J.W. Beane Jr., and Mrs. Janet Beane Davenport, all of Lancaster, are Gerald Cooper’s maternal cousins. Paternal cousins are deceased: Dixie Cooper Robbins of White Stone, and Stoneham Cooper Kessler of Irvington.
Charlie Cooper was a graduate of Forsyth Country Day of Winston-Salem (middle school), Norfolk Academy (1986), and of James Madison University (1990: graphic design).
He founded Formula 1 Design in Los Angeles and did work for Toyota of America, Sony USA, and others. His last assignment was as head of design at Equator Business Solutions in Los Angeles.
Charlie was an amazing father, son, brother and friend to so many and we will miss him dearly. He loved and lived fully and touched so many friends along his journey. He loved to surf, played hockey with a vengeance, was passionate about cars (especially Toyota Land Cruisers), had excellent taste in design, along with many other interests.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1009 West Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, with a reception following in the church’s White Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to a charity of your choice.