Cooper Z Sarmie, 69, of Providence, Rhode Island, passed away on May 10th, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was born to parents Golgbae and Leyaker Sarmie on May 10th, 1952 in Garnaglay, Nimba County, Africa. Throughout Cooper’s memorable life, he was known for being an outgoing man who was especially good at bringing families together. Cooper’s mesmerizing smile and powerfully motivating conversations always left his audience at ease. He never hesitated to share his luminous aura with every soul he met.
In the year 1981, Cooper moved to the United States from Monrovia, Liberia and resided in New Rochelle, New York. After years of battling the struggles that the big city brought, his friend William Gbaye invited him to start a new life in Providence, Rhode Island. While exploring this new opportunity, Cooper met Leona Sarmie in the year 2002.
Leona had recently migrated to the United States from Liberia after the Civil War and had brought with her three of her six children. Cooper never questioned her. In 2009, the new couple decided to get married in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In doing so, through marriage, Cooper adopted Fred, Zlanpea, and Zlanseh Wehyee—along with Morwondor, Mercy, and Ruth Suomie. In the later years they created two beautiful children together, Leyaker and Zuo Sarmie. Along with Leyaker and Zuo, Cooper has seven other children whom he loved dearly back home in Liberia and who were separated from him: Issac, Theresa, Gibson, Victoria, Uncle, Helena and Nelson Sarmie.
Cooper’s ability to communicate and bring families together could not be compared. During his later years Cooper made it his responsibility to go back home and reunite with his children in Liberia. While doing so, he fulfilled the house plans that he and Leona constructed together. It took many years to complete the house of their dreams, but that did not stop them—their families were their motivation. His family was everything to him.
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