Monroe Marion Cooner


Retired Jasper Fire Chief and Korean War Veteran Monroe Marion Cooner, 88, passed away Friday evening at his daughter’s home in Jasper. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dot Marie Rivers Cooner of Jasper; his daughter, former Jasper Police Chief and State Representative Connie Cooner Rowe and her husband, John, of Jasper; his grandson and namesake, Marion Rivers Wells and his wife, Jessie, of Seattle, Wash.; his god-grandchildren Molly Rowe of Jasper and Ryan Rowe, who is stationed in Qatar with the United States Air Force, and his “grand dog," a yellow lab named Jackson Browne. 

Chief Cooner was the only son of the late Claude Greene Cooner and Emma Lane Turner Cooner of Jasper. 

Visitation with the family will be held Sunday evening at 5 p.m. with a memorial service following at 6 p.m. at Collins Burke Funeral Home in Jasper. 

Retired Circuit Court Judge Jerry K. Selman will officiate the service. The Honorable Presiding Circuit Court Judge Hoyt Elliott will speak. The Rev. James Aaron of Pineywoods will deliver the message. The Honorable State Senator Greg Reed of Jasper and Ray Madison of Parrish will sing. Jasper Fire Chief David Clark will recite the Lord’s Prayer. 

His home lodge, Jasper’s York Masonic Lodge No. 211 F&M, along with Masons visiting from across the state, will perform the Masonic Rites to close the service.

Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571