South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008

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A126, R39, H3694


Joint Resolution
Sponsors: Reps. White, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, Breeland, G. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Ceips, Chalk, Chellis, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Crawford, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Govan, Gullick, Hagood, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, Hinson, Hiott, Hodges, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirsh, Knight, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Mitchell, Moody-Lawrence, Moss, Mulvaney, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, Whitmire, Williams, Witherspoon and Young
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Introduced in the House on March 13, 2007
Introduced in the Senate on March 21, 2007
Passed by the General Assembly on April 25, 2007
Governor's Action: May 2, 2007, Vetoed
Legislative veto action(s): Veto overridden

Summary: M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery


     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
   3/13/2007  House   Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without 
                        reference HJ-44
   3/20/2007  House   Read second time HJ-17
   3/21/2007  House   Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-13
   3/21/2007  Senate  Introduced and read first time SJ-9
   3/21/2007  Senate  Referred to Committee on General SJ-9
   4/19/2007  Senate  Polled out of committee General SJ-13
   4/19/2007  Senate  Committee report: Favorable General SJ-13
   4/24/2007  Senate  Read second time SJ-12
   4/25/2007  Senate  Read third time and enrolled SJ-33
   4/26/2007          Ratified R 39
    5/2/2007          Vetoed by Governor
    5/3/2007  House   Veto overridden by originating body Yeas-91  Nays-0 
    5/3/2007  Senate  Veto overridden Yeas-44  Nays-0
    5/9/2007          Copies available
    5/9/2007          Effective date 05/03/07
   5/24/2007          Scrivener's error corrected
   7/30/2007          Act No. 126

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(A126, R39, H3694)


Whereas, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant to this State for the construction of a new veterans cemetery in Anderson County, scheduled to open in May, 2007; and

Whereas, this much needed and long-sought facility will serve an important need in the Upstate; and

Whereas, M. J. "Dolly" Cooper was born on June 29, 1920, to his proud parents, Dewitt and Elvie Campbell Cooper in Piedmont, South Carolina; and

Whereas, graduating from Piedmont High School in 1937, Mr. Cooper went to work in the Piedmont Mills and took a job with the Piedmont Economy Store in 1939. In 1945, he became and remains, its full owner, although he is no longer active in its operations; and

Whereas, Mr. Cooper joined the Easley, South Carolina National Guard on September 3, 1940, and was called to active duty two weeks later; and

Whereas, bravely serving his country for five years and one month in the 30th Infantry Division, Mr. Cooper spent twenty months overseas and eleven months in combat duty, fighting in epic military battles such as the Battle of Normandy, the Battle of Mortain, the drive across France, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Rhine River crossing, among others; and

Whereas, recognized with highest military honors for his exceptional commitment to his fellow soldiers and country, Mr. Cooper was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, E.A.M.E.T. Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, American Defense Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge; and

Whereas, Mr. Cooper was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1974, serving on the Medical, Municipal, and Military Affairs Committee where he worked to improve health care for all South Carolinians; and

Whereas, Mr. Cooper retired from his role as legislator in 1990, at which time his youngest son, Dan, was elected to the seat; and

Whereas, extraordinarily active in the Piedmont community, Mr. Cooper was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 1990, by longtime friend and neighbor, Governor Carroll Campbell; and

Whereas, it is appropriate that this facility be named to honor the distinguished career of public and community service of a great South Carolina veteran. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Cemetery named

SECTION    1.    The South Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Anderson is named the M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in recognition of the distinguished public and community service of a great South Carolina veteran, the Honorable M. J. "Dolly" Cooper of the Piedmont Community in Anderson County.

Copies forwarded

SECTION    2.    Copies of this joint resolution must be forwarded to the Honorable M. J. "Dolly" Cooper and to Mr. Larry Montandon, Cemetery Superintendent, P.O. Box 280, Anderson, South Carolina 29622.

Time effective

SECTION    3.    This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 26th day of April, 2007.

Vetoed by the Governor -- 5/2/07.

Veto overridden by House -- 5/3/07.

Veto overridden by Senate -- 5/3/07.


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