James R. Cosper, of Mableton, died on January 31 at the age of 84. James was born on September 7, 1926 in Randolph County, Alabama. He resided in Smyrna Georgia for 54 years prior to moving to his current residence in Mableton. He was preceded in death by father, Johnny Cosper; mother, Effie Belle McCord Cosper; brothers, Leroy Cosper and Harold Cosper; step-daughter, Flora Camp Weems; and grandson Keith Weems. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gertrude Brownlee Cosper; daughter, Janice Smith of Waco Texas; brother, George Cosper of Carrolton Georgia; sister, Jean Calhoun of LaGrange Georgia; half-brother Johnny Cosper; grandchildren, Stephanie Henley Woodard of Mableton, Michael Green of Mableton, Sheryl Shields of Powder Springs, Kevin Weems of Hiram, Kyle Weems of Smyrna; great-grandchildren, Kenny Shields, Brittany Shields, Laura Weems, Peyton Weems, and James P. Woodard. James served in the United States Navy during World War II in Saipan. He retired from Atlantic Steel Company in Atlanta with 34 years of service. He was a member of Nelms Masonic Lodge in Smyrna and a member of the Salamala Club of the Yaarab Shrine Temple for 31 years. James is honored in the Yaarab Hall of Fame in recognition of collecting over $100,000 for crippled children in the Scottish Rite Hospital. James was baptized at Crestview Baptist Church in Marietta and a member of Ponders Baptist Church in Smyrna. Services will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. He will be laid to rest at Georgia Memorial Park.