James E. Cooper dies at 72 began dry cleaning firm

October 13, 1990

Services for James E. Cooper, the founder of a dry cleaning company, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 2500 Harlem Ave.

Mr. Cooper, who was 72, died of cancer Wednesday at his home on Chelsea Terrace.

He was a partner in Aljae's Cleaners, a business he started more than 35 years ago.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Carver Vocational-Technical High School and served as a cook in the Marine Corps in World War II.

He was a trustee of the Union Memorial United Methodist Church, where he also served on the administrative board, sang in the male chorus and was a member of the United Methodist Men.

He also belonged to the Montford Point Marine Association.

His wife, the former Darcena Patterson, died in 1986.

He is survived by a son, James R. Cooper of Baltimore; five sisters, Esther Clarke, Virginia Spratley, Arleta Baldwin, Ernestine Brown and Margaret Gassaway, all of Baltimore; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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