Fred V. Cooper

MERCER COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Chris & Kerry
cmac4330@chesapeake.net
December 13, 1999
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 155

FRED V. COOPER has proved his business progressiveness and efficiency in his
effective service as cashier of the Bank of Athens at Athens, Mercer County,
and is one of the popular and representative young business men of his native
County. He was born at Bluefield, Mercer County, on the 17th of July, 1895, and
is a son of Elijah F. and Irene E. (Vermillion) Cooper, the former a native of
Virginia and the latter of West Virginia. The father was long a successful
Contractor and builder and is now a resident of Beckley, Raleigh County. The
Vermillion family was founded in Virginia in the Colonial period of our national
history and numerous representatives of the same have been successful physicians
and surgeons.

Mr. Cooper gained his early education in the public schools at Athens, where he
thereafter continued his studies in the Concord State Normal School, in which he
was graduated as a member of the class of 1915. He then entered the University
of West Virginia, but after pursuing a course in electrical engineering for one
year impaired health compelled him to leave the university. Upon recovering his
physical health he became, in 1917, assistant cashier of the Bank of Athens, and
in 1919 he was advanced to his present executive office, that of cashier of
this substantial and well ordered institution. He is affiliated with the Masonic
fraternity, is a member of the Mercer County Country Club, through the medium
of which he finds opportunity for indulgence in his favorite recreation, that
of lawn tennis, and he and his wife are active members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South.

In 1917, at Athens, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Cooper and Miss Pearl
Preston, whose father, S. V. Preston, is now a successful coal operator at
Harland, Kentucky. The attractive home of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper is brightened by
the presence of their two children, Irene E. and Harry Fred.