Susie Idell Cooper was born Sept 18, 1898 in
Harold, Santa Rosa Co., FL. Her father and mother were James Fountain Cooper
and Lucyann Missouri Levins. Blue-eyed Susie weighed only ninety-eight pounds
when she married William Jackson "Bud" Carr. Susie gave birth to
Eunice Vera, Ruby Lee, Willie Dee, and Robert Earl "Bob". Bud earned
his living by logging at the Porter Mill and also provided for his family by farming
his own land at Wilkerson's Bluff. They remained on that land until the early
part of the 1920's when a bad flood hit the area destroyed all they had.
Being driven away from Wilkerson's Bluff by the ravages of nature, Bud and Susie
went to Holt and started again on John's Road. Bud died in 1947, leaving
Susie with her young son Robert Earl to raise. She took a job in the cafeteria
in the Holt School and later took a job at Eglin Air Force Base in the cafeteria.
In 1968, Robert Earl purchased a home on Johnson Street in Holt and he and his mother
moved into it. He provided well for her and gave her a very good home.
Each year he took her to the Smokey Mountains in the fall, as well as, taking her
on other vacations to include Disney World.
Susie was very active in her church, The Assembly of God Church, and along with
her sister Bessie, was present each time the doors were open. Together,
Susie and Bessie spent many an hour piecing cloth to make a square, which they
each embroidered their names to create a quilt. The quilt was then sold to
raise money for the church. She wasn't too keen on driving herself to
church however, because the last time she ever drove a car, she selected the
wrong gear for the direction in which she was headed and flattened a fence.
After that incident, her loving son Robert purchased an automatic transmission
vehicle for her, but she decided it was time to retire the driving.
For many years, Susie had circulatory problems consisting of high blood
pressure. She spent her final hours at the West Florida Hospital in
Pensacola as a result of a stroke. After living a long full life,
Susie passed away on March 9, 1983 at the age of 85. Her final resting-place
is in the new Holt Cemetery in Holt, Florida.
Written by: Kim Little, friend of the family.