Harold Ward Cooley, age 70, of Prestonsburg, husband of Nora (Tish) Clark, passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Paintsville, the son of William Ward and Leona Gott Cooley. He was a registered pharmacist and owner of Cooley Apothecary, CME IV, and Cooley Medical Equipment.
During a long life of service to the community, he served on the Prestonsburg City Council and served as mayor from 1974 to 1984. He was a preceptor and community-based faculty member of the University Of Kentucky School of Pharmacy from 1992 until his death. He was the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the year in 1995. He was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award community pharmacist of the year from the Kentucky Pharmacists’ Association in 2004.
Mr. Cooley served as a board member or in leadership roles during his lifetime for the Jenny Wiley Theatre, Kentucky League of Cities, the Floyd County Board of Health, the Big Sandy Area Development District, the American Pharmacy Services Corporation, serving on the Board of directors from 1997 to 2006 and as president from 2006 to 2011, and the Kentucky Retail Federation, during which he served on the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010. Mr. Cooley worked as a pharmacy consultant for the Floyd County Detention Center and Hospice of Big Sandy. He also earned his pharmacy license in the state of Tennessee at the age of 64.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Laura Cooley, of Pikeville, Susan C. Greene (Pete), of Prestonsburg, and Christa L. Pollock (Robert), of Lexington; a sister, Winnifred Akers (Melvin), of West Chester, Ohio; and grandchildren Tate Greene, Owen Greene, Mason Pollock, Maxwell Pollock and Cady Cooley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William T. Cooley.
Funeral services for Harold W. Cooley will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Dr. James Adams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Floyd County Animal Shelter or the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center Patient Assistance Program.