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April 30, 1939 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 79)
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Betty Jean Freeman Cooper

Age 79

Of Athens

Passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018

At her daughter’s home.


A native of Tellico Plains and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Lee and Ethel Rosalee Self Freeman and was preceded in death by her husband, Artie Odell Cooper; two brothers, Lewis “Wendy” Freeman and Edward “Doc” Freeman. She was of the Baptist faith.


Survivors include her children:

   Kathy and James Hennessee of Niota

   Gary and Terry Cooper of Decatur

   Candy and Johnny Dunn of Reliance

Grandchildren: Paige Hennessee, Lacey and Chris Hudson, Kaitlynn Hennessee, Heather and Caleb Thompson, Milynda and Mat Parrish, Kim and Bryan Walden, Grant Dunn, Josh and Brittany Dunn, and Dakota Coleman

Great grandchildren: Abby Hudson, Silas Hudson, Jake Walden, Sadie Walden, Cole Dixon, Camryn Dunn, Piper Johnson and the love of her life, great grandson, Scott “Lil Man” Hennessee.

One sister and brother-in-law,

   Charlotte and Tony Goforth of Reliance

Five brothers and sisters-in-law,

   Clyde and Ellen Freeman of Englewood

   Melvin and Peggy Freeman of Etowah

   Vineyard and Mary Ann Freeman of Riceville

   Claude and Helen Freeman of Riceville

   Jerry and Wanda Freeman of Niota


Funeral services will be 8 pm Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Bales and rev. Van Elkins officiating. Burial will be 11 am Thursday in Idlewild Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Grant Dunn, Josh Dunn, Colton Dixon, Chris Hudson, Dickey Walker, and Shane McKheen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Scott “Lil Man” Hennessee, Silas “Si” Hudson, Abby Hudson, Camryn Dunn, Jake Walden, and Sadie Walden.


The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at


Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Betty Jean Freeman Cooper.

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