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Charles Cropper, 86, Gamaliel, KY/formerly of Columbia, KY (1930-2017)

He was a native of Monroe County, KY, and a former resident of Columbia, KY, where he was a popular figure in the community and served as Chief of Police for several years before returning to Gamaliel. He was the son of the late Charles Albert Cropper, Sr., & Marjorie Emma Cassady Cropper. He leaves many relatives in Monroe County, Russell and Green Counties and elsewhere. He was a member of the Gamaliel Baptist Church and the Gamaliel Lions Club. He had also served on the Gamaliel City Council.
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Charles Cropper, 86, of Gamaliel passed away Saturday, April 15 at Signature Healthcare of Monroe in Tompkinsville, KY.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 10amCT, at Strode's Gamaliel Chapel in Gamaliel with burial in the Gamaliel Cemetery. Visitation was 2pm to 8pmCT on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and after 8amCT, on Wednesday at Strode's Gamaliel Chapel.

Charles Cropper, 86, Gamaliel, KY/formerly of Adair Co., KY (1930-2017)

He was born September 25, 1930 in Monroe County, KY. He was the son of the late Charles Albert Cropper, Sr & Marjorie Emma Cassady Cropper. He died Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Tompkinsville, Monroe County, KY, at the age of 86 years, six months, and 21 days.

He was a retired police officer in the cities of Gamaliel and served as Chief of Police in Columbia, KY.. He was a member of Gamaliel Baptist Church, Gamaliel Lions Club and previously served on Gamaliel City Council.

He is survived by:
  • One son: Rick Cropper Tuttrup and Kennette of California

  • One step son: Richie Bunch and wife Paddy of Green County, KY

  • Two daughters: Tamara Cropper Saenz and Shannon Cropper Denny, both of California

  • Two step daughters: Tonya Bunch of Russell County, KY; and Brandy Hancock and husband Barkley of Green County, KY

  • One nephew: Jack Cropper of Red Boiling Springs, TN

  • Two nieces: Dean Cropper Cherry of Hardingsburg, KY; and Jean Powell Hollis of Red Boiling Springs, TN

  • Six grandchildren

  • Eight step grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother: Sammie Cropper and one sister: Elease Powell.

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Strode Funeral Home, Gamaliel Chapel, Gamaliel, KY was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Cropper, 86, Gamaliel/Former Police Chief, Columbia, KY (1930-2017)

2017-04-19 - Gamaliel, KY - Photo Photo from Strode Funeral Home, Gamaliel Chapel.
Charles Cropper, 86, Gamaliel, KY/former Police Chief, Columbia, KY (1930-2017)

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