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Donna Cooley

September 24, 1937 — December 23, 2020

Donna Gail Rhodes Caldwell Cooley, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, at AHC-Paris. The body was cremated.

Donna was born  on Sept. 24, 1937, in Puryear to Osa and Mary McSwain Rhodes.

She taught fourth grade at Atkins-Porter School for 25 years. Among her students were an Academy Award winner, a Tony Award winner, an Emmy Award winner and others who went on to make it big in the entertainment industry.

Donna was a member of the Ambassador Class at First United Methodist Church in Paris for many years. She was a member and an officer of three patriotic organizations for many years.

In 1989 she married Glenn Caldwell. He died in January of 2000. On Oct. 28, 2001, she married Granville Cooley, who survives. She had no children of her own.

Also surviving are a step-daughter, Carmen (Mark) Watkins; a step-son, Mark Cooley; a step-granddaughter, Jessica (Parke) Homesley; a step-grandson, Jason Rabey;  seven step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her first husband Donna was preceded in death by a twin brother, Donald Gordon Rhodes; a half-sister, Ila Mae Berry; and a half-brother, Ira Ray Rhodes, who also were twins.

There is no funeral service planned at this time. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

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