James R. Cooley, 66, of Williamsport, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, among friends following a two-year battle with colon cancer.
Born Nov. 21, 1945, in Blossburg, he was the son and stepson of Mr. And Mrs. Margaret A. (Collins) and David A. Horton of Mansfield and the son of Kenneth R. Cooley, formally of Tioga, N.Y.
Jim was a 1963 graduate of Mansfield High School.
He was a businessman in the city of Williamsport for 45 years; after college, he began his career at Brodart and then Lundy Lumber Co.
Jim was the founder and CEO of Greystone Advertising for 25 years, owner of Sebastian's Bar and Grill and later a realtor with Steinbachers Century 21 real estate.
He was a former member of the Chamber of Commerce, the board of advisors at Williamsport Area Community College, the Ross Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Y.M.C.A.
Jim loved sports (especially basketball) socializing, bocce ball, coffee at Wegman's and spending time with his family.
He was blessed with many friends through his long business career but mostly he enjoyed a good laugh.
Jim is survived by his mother, Margaret (Fuzzy) Horton; a son, Jeffrey R. Cooley and daughter-in-law, Raven Reasner Cooley of Williamsport; and two grandchildren, Payton Ashley Cooley and Garrett James William Cooley.
At Jim's request, there are to be no formal arrangements. He will be interred in the family plot of the St. Andrews Cemetery, Blossburg, Pa., on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made, in his name, to the American Cancer Society.
The family will receive friends for a "Celebration of Life" at the Peter Herdic House, 411 W. Fourth St., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Please bring a smile and a story to tell.
Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.
To share your fondest memory of Jim visit www.lifecelebration.com.