M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery
140 Inway Drive
Anderson, SC 29621
Cemetery Superintendent - Vacant
The M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, located on 57 acres, opened in December 2007. As of 30 June 2017, 2,722 Veterans, spouses and dependents, have been buried with another 5,718 registered (pre-certified) with the cemetery for burials in the future. “Pre-certified” means the cemetery has determined eligibility after receiving, reviewing and keeping on file copies of a veteran’s DD-214 or discharge document and marriage certificate so when a need arises, scheduling a burial can be done without delay. For eligibility information and a Pre-Certification Application form, click on the links on this page.
The State of South Carolina through the National Cemetery Administration State Cemetery Grant Program received a grant to build and initially equip this cemetery. Upon completion, operating and maintaining the cemetery was turned over to the State of South Carolina, as part of the South Carolina Office of Veterans Affairs.
Phase I of cemetery construction consisted of 30 acres with an administration office building, a Committal Shelter, Flag Plaza, memorial Walk, four Columbarium Walls, maintenance bays and building with approximately 23 acres designated for over 16,000 burials or cremation interments. Phase II, which began in March 2013 and was completed in mid-2014, provided an expansion of Areas I and J, an irrigation system, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure, and the placement of 1,997 pre-placed crypts.
The Carillon, made possible by donations from Veterans, the Veterans’ Trust Fund of South Carolina, and the Anderson County Veterans Association, was dedicated 17 December 2016.
It is the policy of cemetery administration to assist every veteran and her/his family in any way that we can to include verifying service records, determining eligibility, helping obtain service records from the National Personnel Records Center and providing names and phone numbers of other veteran agencies who provide other services (health, death benefits, etc.). The cemetery office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on federal and state holidays. The cemetery is open seven days a week year-round. During Eastern Standard Time, the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are 8:30 a.m. to dusk during Daylight Saving Time. We encourage personal visits to the cemetery.