My dear friend, co-author, and musical co-hort, Peter Cooper, passed away last night, the result of a fall he suffered last Thursday afternoon.
So many of the good things that have happened in my career these last few years can be traced back to Peter, including the autobiography we wrote together, “An Unprecedented Life In Country Music,” and my current exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which has his fingerprints all over it.
I’ll write more about him and our friendship in our next fan club newsletter, but suffice it to say that we had much in common….our love for country music, sports, and good creative writing, not to mention our both having roots in South Carolina. I had spoken with him about 40-minutes before his fall, and we had planned to go to church together on Sunday and out to eat with a group of friends following the service. The last thing I told him before I hung up the phone was that I loved him…which I did.
May he rest in peace.
(PS) The following message is from Peter’s Family:
We will soon announce details about a celebration of life to take place in early 2023.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to either the Baker Cooper fund to support Peter’s son’s education, or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, supporting their cultural organization’s educational mission.
Please direct donations to:
Baker Cooper
c/o Wells Fargo Bank
1712 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
22 Rep. John Lewis Way South
Nashville, TN 37203