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Remembering Wallace Coopwood, Friend to All


A distinguished group of civic, political, business, and community leaders from Cobb and metro Atlanta came together to honor the life of Wallace Coopwood during a virtual service held Monday, February 22.

The stories and tributes by those on the program showcased Wallace’s life and his legacy in Cobb County and at the Gold Dome. The event was hosted by Attorney Tanya Boga, who counted Wallace as a mentor and a friend.

Those paying homage during the service included former Cobb Chairman Sam Olens, former NAACP Chair Deane Bonner, former Cobb Special Assistant Michael Murphy, and SPOTLIGHT’s Publisher Shelia Edwards. Most talked about their friendship with Wallace and how he never saw black or white, just people. Others talked about his ability to work with everyone on both sides of the political aisle. A common refrain was his good nature and how he referred to everyone as “his good friend” when making the rounds at the capitol or making introductions at political and community events.

Rep. Erick Allen brought words of comfort on behalf of the Cobb delegation, while Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell spoke about a friendship with Wallace that endured through the years. Birrell’s closing remarks include the announcement of a proclamation from Cobb County that would be presented to Wallace’s family.

Said host Tonya Boga to SPOTLIGHT, “his family continues to cry over their loss, but they really enjoyed hearing everyone speak about him.” At the age of 80 Wallace passed away earlier in the month from a heart attack.

Click on the link below to view the service.

Virtual Service


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