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 construction before being called to the funeral profession. She is a 2012 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and originally joined Banister Funeral Home in 2012. Tamela began working in the funeral industry in Cleveland, Georgia. She and her husband purchased the funeral home in 2017. She is also a member of North Mt. Zion Church of God.
Tamela resides in Towns County with her husband Marvin and youngest son Memphis who attends Towns County High School. Together she and Marvin also have four adult children, Andrew, Wesley, Morgan and Mackenzie spread across Georgia and Colorado. Outside of work Tamela enjoys decorating her home for the changing seasons, listening to old music, traveling and spending time with her kids. Through the years you could find her at Towns County wrestling matches, chorus concerts, band concerts, football games and much more.
Tamela is active in the community where she is co-chair in the Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, supporter of the Towns County Emergency Management Agency, member of the National Funeral Director's Association and the Georgia Coroner's Association. Tamela served as a deputy coroner for seven years and was elected Towns County Coroner in 2020.