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Shawn Ryan Cooper

July 3, 1988 ~ November 4, 2021 (age 33)

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Shawn Ryan Cooper, age 33, of Clarkesville, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Shawn was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey on July 3, 1988 to John Alton & Lori Kull Cooper. He and his family moved to Buford, Georgia in 1989. As a rising middle schooler, Shawn joined the band as a percussionist and continued in the band program at Buford High School. The decision to join the band was a life shaping decision for Shawn as he majored in music education at North Georgia College and State University. Shawn and his wife Sarah spent seven years as international teachers while living in Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he taught music to young students from around the world. Shawn and his wife and daughter moved back to Clarkesville in June 2021 where he became the music teacher at Mount Yonah Elementary School in Sautee Nacoochee, Ga. In his free time, Shawn loved to travel, play the guitar and spend time with his family.

Shawn was preceded in death by his father, John Cooper. 

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Dean Cooper, daughter, Grace Cooper, mother, Lori Cooper, grandmother, Donna Whildin, sister, Melanie (Tony) Workley, brother, Chris (Katie) Cooper, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

The family asks that those attending Shawn’s service wear bright colors in his honor.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Hillside Memorial Chapel. Shawn's wishes were to be cremated following the service.

Donations made in lieu of flowers will go directly to an education fund for Shawn’s daughter, Grace Cooper. Please follow the link below if you wish to contribute.

An online guest registry is available for the Cooper family at

Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, Georgia. (706) 754-6256


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Funeral Service
November 13, 2021

4:00 PM
Hillside Memorial Chapel
5495 Highway 197 South
Clarkesville, GA 30523

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