Arthur Harrison Cooper, 88, carpenter, farmer

March 26, 2003

Arthur Harrison Cooper, a farmer and former Pasadena resident, died of heart failure March 19 at his home in Granville Summit, Pa. He was 88.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Cooper was a graduate of Douglass High School. He was a self-employed carpenter and contractor who restored and renovated houses until retiring in the early 1980s.

He moved to Granville Summit in northwestern Pennsylvania after purchasing a 105-acre farm in 1983.

"That was his aim, to retire and buy a farm," said his wife of 25 years, the former Roberta Ray Harden. "When he was a boy, his grandfather owned a farm on the Eastern Shore and that's where he spent his vacations and holidays."

Mr. Cooper, who was known as Art, raised crops and Hereford cattle with his wife.

Mr. Cooper was a member of East Granville Baptist Church., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Cooper is survived by a sister, Dorothy Green of Baltimore. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

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