Jean Hammond Coogler
Jean Hammond Coogler
  • March 22, 1923 - July 8, 2017
  • Greenville, South Carolina

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Jean Hammond Coogler, 94, resident of the Cascades, widow of Arthur Cornwell Coogler of Greenville, passed away July 8, 2017.

Born March 22, 1923, in Piedmont, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Annie Leone Campbell and Robert Newton Hammond. She was a devoted wife, and a compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always said she was “born to be a mother”, because motherhood was her greatest joy in life, and she dedicated herself to raising her children and grandchildren.

For many years, Mrs. Coogler and her family were active members of the old First Baptist Church downtown, and more recently the new First Baptist Church, on Cleveland Street, where she and Mr. Coogler attended the Chamblin Class.

She was a 1940 graduate of Ellen Woodside High School in Piedmont and attended Greenville Womens College (Furman). She travelled to Wichita Falls, Texas in early 1942 to marry her husband, who enlisted in the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They spent most of the next eight years in the Air Force before returning to Greenville in 1950.

When her children were young, Mrs. Coogler was active in the PTA at Augusta Circle Elementary School, Hughes Junior High School and Greenville Senior High School. In addition, she volunteered at the American Red Cross and the Greenville Hospital System. She enjoyed the friendship of her bridge group for over 50 years.

Mrs. Coogler is survived by three children: Dr. Arthur Cornwell Coogler, Jr., of Columbia, S.C.; Karen Coogler Dobson (Dan); Steven Harry Coogler (Darlene); and sister-in-law Gene Hammond, all of Greenville, S.C.

She is also survived by five granddaughters: Virginia Coogler Cornish (David), of Fort Mill, S.C.; Laura Coogler Johnson (Alan), of Pisgah Forest, NC; Prentice Dobson Helmly (Randy), of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Blair Dobson Miller (Jon) and Annie Campbell Coogler, all of Greenville. She had six step-grandchildren: Barry Haag (Kristi), of Newmanstown, PA; Shawn Huntley (Chuck), of Matthews, N.C.; Deborah Fitzmaurice (Mike), of Scottsdale, AZ; Terah Erskine, Morgan Stevens (Ricky), and Reed Erskine, all of Greenville, S.C.

She also had seven great-grandchildren: Nathan Cornish, Jenna Cornish, William Helmly, Eleanor Helmly, Campbell Miller, Emmons Miller and Carlisle Johnson; and thirteen step-great-grandchildren: Ashley Hartman, Amanda Haag, Nicholas Haag, Natalie Haag, Emma Miller, Haden Miller, Ava Huntley, Gavin Fitzmaurice, Irelyn Fitzmaurice, Kellan Fitzmaurice, Cameron Fitzmaurice, Alexandria Erskine, Mason Stevens and Brady Stevens.

Mrs. Coogler was predeceased by three brothers: Robert Newton Hammond, Jr., William Campbell Hammond and her twin brother, Harry Campbell Hammond, all of whom were World War II veterans; and sisters-in-law: Livy Hammond and Nancy Hammond.

The family would like to express their appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who helped to improve Mrs. Coogler’s quality of life in her later years.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 1:30pm at (chapel ???) First Baptist Greenville. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:15pm at First Baptist Greenville (chapel/narthex) prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, S.C. 29601, or the American Diabetes Association.