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Morris Dudley Cooley

May 30, 1945 — November 26, 2023

Citronelle, Alabama

Morris Dudley Cooley, known affectionately as "Butch," passed away peacefully on November 26, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 30, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Morris and Inez Cooley. Alongside his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Cecil "Bo" Cooley.

Butch lived a fulfilling life as a retired rebar detailer and leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He had an incredible sense of humor that brought joy to all those around him. His laughter was contagious, and his quick wit never failed to lighten the mood. Butch had the remarkable ability to uplift others with his lightheartedness and spread happiness wherever he went.

Devoted to his family, Butch possessed an unwavering devotion towards his wife of 59 years, Sabra Cooley. Their love stood as a true testament to the power of commitment and partnership. Through life's ups and downs, they stood side by side, sharing in each other's joys and sorrows.

Butch was a proud father to his daughter Geneva Handleman and her husband Larry. Their bond was unbreakable, built on a foundation of love and mutual respect. He cherished every moment spent with them and treasured the joyful memories they created together.

The pride of Butch's heart were his grandchildren. Jesse Cooley and Chelsea Rebustillo (Rich) held a special place in his heart. He took immense joy in witnessing them grow into remarkable individuals with their own unique passions and talents. They were a constant source of inspiration for him.

Butch's great-grandchildren—Lillian Patlin, Charlie Patlin, Elizabeth Cooley, and Michael Cooley—brought an immeasurable amount of joy into his life. His face would light up whenever they were around, as he reveled in their innocence and zest for life. He eagerly watched as they embarked on their own journeys, knowing that they carried a piece of his legacy within them.

In his leisure time, Butch found solace in his hobbies and interests. He had a deep appreciation for old cars, often reminiscing about the golden era of automobiles. Elvis Presley's music had a special place in his heart, and he could often be found humming along to his favorite tunes. Butch also had a love for old Western TV shows, immersing himself in the unique stories they told.

Butch's warm and friendly nature endeared him to many friends who will miss him dearly. A kind and compassionate soul, he touched the lives of all those he encountered. His genuine interest in others created lasting friendships that spanned across generations.

While our hearts mourn the loss of Butch's physical presence, may we find solace knowing that he has left an indelible impact on our lives. His infectious laughter, loving nature, and unforgettable sense of humor will always be cherished.

In honoring Butch's memory, let us celebrate his extraordinary life filled with love, laughter, and lasting memories. May the joy he brought to our lives serve as a reminder to treasure every moment and hold our loved ones close. As we say our goodbyes, let us find comfort in knowing that Butch's spirit lives on within each one of us.

Rest peacefully now, dear Butch. You have left an everlasting imprint on our hearts that will continue to inspire us for generations to come.

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