Our Staff

Our Valued Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Tamela Cooper
Funeral Director/Owner
Tamela Cooper is the owner and operator of Banister-Cooper Funeral Home and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Georgia and North Carolina. She worked in a number of industries including food service, call center, and constr...
Marvin Cooper
Co-Owner
Marvin Cooper is the co-owner with his wife, Tamela, of Banister-Cooper Funeral Home. He has been a north Georgia resident and small business owner for over 25 years. He brings significant financial and managerial experience to the company....
Sarah McClure
Funeral Director
Sarah McClure has been part of the staff at Banister-Cooper Funeral Home since October 2014 where she first started as a secretary but later determined her desire to obtain a professional license in Mortuary Science. She graduated from Ogee...
Cassandra Banister
Office Manager
Cassandra Banister joined our staff in October 2018 as a part time assistant and not long after assumed the duties of Office Manager. Cassandra and her husband Will are both natives of Towns County. As a mother of three children, Cole,...
Ken Nicholson
Funeral Associate/ Apprentice
Ken Nicholson worked for Banister Funeral Home back in the early '90s before life led him in a different career direction. He remained on in an as-needed capacity, helping on nights and weekends for over 15 years. The Lord continued to lay...