Source: Martinsville Reporter-Times Thursday 11 July 1996 p 2
Donald Franklin Cooper, 90, of Russellville died from natural causes July 8, 1996 at his residence. Born March 8, 1906 in Mellott, he was a son of the late Emery Franklin and Alma Hyatt Cooper. He married Mary Louise Call on May 18, 1929 in Pontiac, Mich. She died Sept 19, 1992. Cooper was a graduate of Clinton Center HS and received a bachelor of science degree from DePauw University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He was an International Harvester dealer for over 25 years. He taught school and served as principal at Russellville and Waveland schools for more than 30 years. Cooper was a basketball referee and coach for many years. He was a member of the Russellville Community Church, Russellville Masonic Lodge, Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Emeritus Club at Indiana University. Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Barnhart of Russellville and Betty Brown Chaney of Morgantown; a brother, Harold Cooper of Waterford, Mich; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death. His service was this morning at the Russellville Community Church. The Rev. Bill Neiman officiated. Burial was at the Hebron Cemetery in Russellville.
Note from kbz - he was my high school English teacher/principal - what a great fellow