Edwin “Buddy” Marshall Cooper Jr., is married to Sheila Davis Cooper. Their children are Eddie Cooper (III) and Charlotte Cooper MacDonald (married to Jason MacDonald). They have two grandchildren, Elli and Emma. Buddy and Sheila are also loving parents to their furbaby Abby, a Llewellin Setter.
Buddy went to Fort Valley High School before continuing his education at Middle GA College and GA Southern University in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics. He felt called to ministry, where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Development at Emory University, Candler.
Buddy has worked extensively throughout the South Georgia area in the Macon District Board of Ministers. He was the Senior Minister of St. Paul UMC from 1998 to 2012 before becoming Columbus District Superintendent, then Dean of the South Georgia Cabinet. Afterwards, Buddy became the Northwest District Superintendent before retiring to spend time with his grandchildren. He continues to minister as one of St. Paul’s Associate Pastors and is on the Ministerial Staff of St. Francis Hospital.
Buddy is an avid and talented golfer and an author of theologian books. He says, “I love teaching the Bible, history related to our journey, and parables of modern life that illustrate master truths in such a way that they become paradigms of that truth for us.” Buddy is also a member of MENSA.