He was a native of Macon County, N.C., the son of the late John Perry Cope and Etta Cordelia Higdon Cope. He was a farmer and a member of Betty’s Creek Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, church and cemetery trustee and choir director. He was a member of Woodmen of the World, National Horseshoe Pitching Association; founder of North Georgia School of Gospel Music and a member of Franklin and Rabun County Chambers of Commerce.
Andy served on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. He was a very creative man and contributed much to his family and his community. He and his wife Hazel started Andy’s Trout Farm just outside of Dillard in 1965, and this continues to be a family business. Andy loved gospel music and was instrumental in keeping Friday night singing alive in Rabun County for many years. He was a founding member of the North Georgia School of Gospel Music, and it was his mission to keep shaped note singing an art form in this area. Andy believed in family and church recreation and supported Sunday afternoon softball for the church. In his younger years, he was active in working with the youth of the church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Hazel Justice Cope, who passed away April 28, 2011; and five siblings, Margie Cope, Ida Cope, Fred, Ben and Harold Cope.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Passmore and husband Bill of Dillard; a son, Jerry Cope and wife Becky of Dillard; two brothers, R. L. Cope of Nantahala and Delmar Cope of Dillard; three grandchildren, Sonya Leah Cousineau, Paula Passmore Ledford and Marty Andrew Cope; six great‑grandchildren, Maleah, Mariah and Madison Cousineau, Renee Whitmire, Ashlei and Jeremy Cope.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Betty’s Creek Baptist Church, with the Revs. Everett Wilson and Jason Smith officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Troy Cousineau, Scottie Cope, Kenny Cope, Justin McClain, Gene Ledford and Caleb Gates. Church deacons served as honorary pallbearers. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7339 in Franklin and American Legion Post 108 conducted complete military graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Georgia School of Gospel Music, P.O. Box 115, Blairsville, GA 30514.
Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Feb. 9, 2012