Mother Leila Cooper ‘Mudda’ Doyle

Mother Leila Cooper “Mudda” Doyle, 75, of Nahunta, Georgia passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, FL under the watchful eyes of hospice. 

She was born to the late Oscar Cooper and Cola Mach on July 23, 1944 in Perkins. She received her education in Jenkins County.

She never met a stranger. Her motto was, “everybody is due the time of day.” Her favorite leisure activities were cooking, fishing and sharing conversations with others, as well as spending time with her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings,  Lola Cooper Williams and Gary Cooper; one daughter, Tina Doyle Spates and a granddaughter, Eurisha “April” Thomas.

She joined Bargeron Grove Church in Perkins, at a young age. She later became a member of Miracle First Born in Nahunta, which is now Greater New Miracle First Born Church. She served faithfully until her time of death. She loved her family and friend.                                                                                                                                             She leaves lasting memories with her three daughters, Angela (Thomas) Cooper, Janice (Robert) Roberson, Nahunta  and Rosalyn (Gary) Tootle Glennville; one son, Larry Champion III; through love she had 15 additional children, Kesha (Harold) Smart, Sheme Haynes, Tiffany (Edward) Anderson and Byanna and Brittany Davis, all of Jacksonville, FL, Jacqueline (Matt) Cooper, Sylvania, Pam Young, Kella Doyle, Jennifer (Charles) Sweat, all of Millen, Derek (Janine) Williams, Tallahassee, FL, Tim Young, Twin City, John Badie, Larry Young and Kelly Doyle, Millen and Willie Davis Jr., Jacksonville, FL; a special friend, Willie Davis Sr., Nahunta; 51 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; five brothers, John Heath, Rosco (Blanche) Cooper, Charles Cooper and Charlie Dashiells, Augusta and  Robert (Angeanette) Cooper Carter, Lauderdale Hill, FL; five sisters: Mamie (Freddie) Tharpe, Hampstead, NY, Juanita Harvey, Sierra Cooper, Helen and Arlene Dashells, all of Augusta; one aunt, Willie Mae Doyle, Folkston; two sisters-in-law, Mae Cato and Dorothy Williams, Midway, FL; family friend, Benjamin Thomas Sr., Columbus; three god sent sisters, Kerry Williams and Vivian Gilchrist, Nahunta and Sandra Andrews, Brunswick; two god daughters, Obergenia (Roy) Attical, Brunswick and Lisha Hill, Waycross; special cousins, John Lambert, Levi Walker, Leroy Carter, Polly Harvey, Floria Tonksley, Lorrane McLeod and her dear friend and fishing partner, Kathy Turner and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, adoptive friends and family.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Greater New Miracle First  Born Church, Nahunta.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, from the Greater New Miracle First Born Church, Nahunta, where Presiding Elder Stanley Evans is the pastor.  

Interment will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Waynesville.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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