Short Biography: Penny Holland Cooper: My Best Friend

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Penny Holland Cooper is not only my mom, but also my best friend. She has many years under her belt that comes with a variety of different experiences and moments that I would like to share. She was born on June 8, 1961 at the Saint Mary’s Hospital, in Jacksonville, Florida. She weighed seven pounds one ounce and nineteen inches long. Her Dad and three brothers were there in the delivery room to welcome the beautiful sister they finally got.
In my Mom’s first few years she spent her time going to school and playing with friends. At the age of eight, her family packed up and moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where her Dad got a better job offer. They bought a house on Lake Murray, which the family loved. She was the youngest of three older
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She attended Mid Carolina High School from 1976 to 1979. She was a cheerleader and popular for her outgoing and friendly personality, which she definitely still has today. One memory that has always stuck out to her is being picked on by the football players, in a friendly and funny way though. She was 4’9 and 99 pounds her freshman year, so very tiny. The football players used to sit her on top of the lockers where she could not get down from. She would have to wait for someone to come get her, ending up late for class. She says that when she would walk into class late the teacher would usually just ask “another football player sat you on top of the lockers again?”. Besides cheering, she enjoyed going to concerts in high school and spending time on the lake with her friends. After she graduated high school, she moved to Columbia to go to Midlands Technical College. She grew up in the small country town of Prosperity, so downtown Columbia was a totally different setting for her. Her parents did not push college education on her so it was not something she was very determined to do. She did not like the transition, or anything in general, causing her to drop out just two weeks later. She then began working at Columbia Mall, at a little store called Curious Cargo. She began dating a guy name Mark shortly after she got out of highschool. Mark and her went on a double date with his cousin, Glenn Cooper, and his date. She says …show more content…
My Dad, Joel Glenn Cooper, was born on September 6th, 1962 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born at Columbia Hospital, weighing eight pounds eleven ounces and twenty inches long. Due to his dad driving so slow to the hospital, he was almost delivered in an elevator. The day my dad was born his mom decided to call him Glenn instead of Joel.
As most boys do, my dad loved spending time outside as a child. Sense his parents owned Cooper’s Nursery, which was behind their house, he enjoyed helping them out. One story he always gets a good laugh about is when he “ran away from home”. He says all he took was a box of kleenexes, and came back before dark. He attended Joseph Keels Elementary, Dent Middle School and Spring Valley High School. In High School he worked at Bi-lo but quit when they would not let him off on Saturdays. He would only do this for his true love, Clemson

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