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William Collier Cooley

William Collier Cooley, 81, died Oct. 1, 2007, at his residence on Dataw Island, S.C. He was born Aug. 22, 1926, to Isabel C. and William S. Cooley in Gaithersburg, Md. Mr. Cooley served in World War II in the U.S. Navy aboard the LSM114, a landing ship medium that delivered trucks and jeeps to the ground troops in the Pacific.Following the war, Mr. Cooley attended the University of Maryland, graduating in 1950. He received his master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and had a long, successful career with the Central Intelligence Agency.In 1994, he and his wife, Maureen Corbin-Cooley, moved to Beaufort, S.C., from Germany, where they had lived and worked for 16 years. Mrs. Cooley worked at Laurel Bay School in Beaufort until her retirement in 1998.Mr. Cooley is remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather as well as a patriotic lover of his country.Survivors include his beloved wife, Maureen; daughters Cheryl Steele of Redmond, Wash., and Suzanne Cooley of Dahlgren, Va.; stepdaughters Heidi (Paul) Rice of Rifle and Gretchen Becker of Beaufort; five granddaughters; and one great-grandson.The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Beaufort. A funeral service will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Burial will follow at the Beaufort National Cemetery.


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