Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Elvin Cooper LeMaster (1912-2000)

Source: Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana, May 17, 2000, page 12

Elvin C. LeMaster, 87, Columbus, Ohio, a native of Jay County, died Tuesday at Kobacker House in Columbus.

He was retired from Commercial Motor Freight of Indiana.

LeMaster was a member of the Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, Ralplh Rickey Lodge No. 670 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, and Aladdin Temple Shrine.

Surviving are his wife, Cleo; four daughters, Mrs. Max (Phyllis) Stewart, New Albany, Nancy Cooper, Columbus, Mr. Bill (Linda) Nelson, Antioch, Calif., and Mrs. Calvin (Sharol) Kelly, Columbus; one sister, Mary O. Taylor, Edgewater, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Services are set for 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Friday at the Southwick-Good Funeral Chapel, Columbus, with Rev. Glenn Schwerdtfeger and Rev. Bruce Beavers officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday.

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Grandma Honey said...

Interesting, but I'm trying to figure out why his daughter uses his middle name of Cooper for her last name. I wonder also where the Cooper name came from.

Travis LeMaster said...

It's one of those strange twists of names. Elvin's daughter, Nancy, married Lester Cooper.

The use of the middle name Cooper seems to appear earliest in this line from Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew (1822-1888). His daughter, Mary Keziah Chew (1847-1927) married Luman Walker Lemasters Jr. (1842-1931). They gave their son, Luman (1867-1933) the middle name of Cooper, and it has continued in many of their descendants today.

Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew would be your 3rd-great grandfather.

Grandma Honey said...

Twist of names for sure. What I think is even more astounding, is how you keep this all straight.
Thank you for explaining Travis.