Martha Evelyn Solomon Cooper transitioned from this earthly life and entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. She was born to the late Elliott Solomon and Amerlee Harper Solomon on April 30, 1932, in Halifax County, North Carolina.
Martha grew up in the Sunnyside Community of Littleton, North Carolina, where she became a dedicated member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church and served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, choir member and Deaconess.
Her formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and she graduated from the former McIver High School in Littleton, with the class of 1951. She furthered her education at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1955. Her professional career began in the Halifax County School System as an elementary school teacher. Having a clear well-defined perception of educational opportunities, Martha continued her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel, North Carolina, where she received certification and state licensure in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Martha met and married the love of her life, the late Lawrence G. Cooper, Jr. who was introduced to her by a mutual friend. In May 1973, God blessed this union with one daughter, Marla N. Cooper. Martha loved her daughter and her daughter loved her. Marla was her mother’s shadow as she was observed going everywhere her mother went. Marla married Sean D. Clayton, and they blessed Martha with a grandson, Sean L. Clayton, whom she dearly adored. Martha joined her husband at First Baptist Church in Weldon, North Carolina, and continued her steadfast Christian service in the church choir, as a Deaconess, and as a Mother of the Church. She was a woman of service and compassion. These characteristics are best exemplified by her ability to manage leadership positions in her civic, church, and community organizations without question or reservation, while still maintaining a balance of family unity.
Later in her career, Martha became employed as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Halifax and Northampton counties. She was a kind and gentle soul with a loving heart who was always willing to help others, especially the children who were entrusted to her care.
After the death of her husband in May 1994, Martha continued to show her strong concern for education by completing his term as a Halifax County Board of Education member. She then served an additional term in office. Her other civic affiliations included President and active member of the Tri City Chapter of Chums, Inc., Frontiers International, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She loved traveling and attending many of the conclaves associated with these organizations where she established lasting friendships that spanned a lifetime. She was the epitome of unselfishness with an inspiring desire to serve others.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Bertie Solomon Moore, Lugenia Solomon Burgess, Elliott Solomon, Jr. Olivia Solomon Alston, Mary Solomon Wilson (twin), and Lola Solomon Whitaker.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the legacy of her love are her daughter, Marla Cooper Clayton (Sean); her grandson, Sean L. Clayton; her sister, Addie Solomon Edwards of Littleton, NC; her brother, William Solomon (Elnora) of Morristown, NJ; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Martha Evelyn Solomon Cooper has left an indelible mark on the lives of so many. Her sweet smile and generosity will be long remembered as visions of inspiration.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 43 Stansbury Road, Littleton, NC. Rev. Quientrell L. Burrell, Jr. will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral ceremony.