Elizabeth Sylvy Gilbreath Cooley was born on June 13, 1928 and graduated to Heaven on Dec. 27, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband and soulmate of 50 years, Paul Cooley Jr. (Coach); her parents, Theodore Roosevelt Gilbreath and Tressie May Hill Gilbreath; sister, Sue Gilbreath McKesson and her great-grandson, Joseph Paul Cooley.

She is survived by her son, Caleb Michael Cooley; her other son, Michael Barry Cooley; her daughter, Kellie Cooley and her great-granddaughter, Shelby Madison Cooley.

Paul Cooley Jr. met Elizabeth Gilbreath at Snead State Community College in 1949. They quickly fell in love with each other after finding out they both had goals of becoming teachers. They later got married in the English dorm that same year.

After graduating, they moved to Jacksonville State University to finish earning their degrees. After years of hard work, struggle and dedicated studying, they earned their educational degrees.

They then moved to Henagar where they began their first teaching positions. In the following three years, they moved to Pisgah where they would impact and touch the lives of so many students and fellow teachers.

Coach Cooley took on the role of being the head coach of the Scottsboro Wildcats, where they both impacted many lives. In 1981, after retirement, they took on their greatest role, that role being a parents to their grandson, Caleb Michael Cooley.

At the end of her life, her greatest accomplishment and happiness came from her great-granddaughter, Shelby Cooley. After the legacy she left this young lady went on to win four state of Alabama titles at the AOHA Horse Show in Montgomery, 12 buckles in Jackson County, played basketball since age 4 up until seventh grade, softball, volleyball and now is a member of the Scottsboro High School golf team.

She is a straight A student at Scottsboro High School, where she takes part in Junior Civitan, Science Club and Chess Club, as well as winning the state of Alabama BETA fiber arts competition and placing seventh in the nation at the national BETA competition in Oklahoma.

So, in the words of Coach and Mrs. Cooley, “Finish Well.”

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Burial followed at Pisgah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cooley Foundation set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union in Scottsboro, account number 510 140 965 42, for the further advancement of education.

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