Dr. E. W. Cooper was born and raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University in 1974. He attended the University of Tennessee Dental School and graduated in December 1977. After a two-year stint with the Public Health Service, he obtained the dental practice of Dr. Hugh Preas and has been practicing dentistry in Johnson City ever since. He is a member of the American Dental Association and local Society, the Noon Day Study Club (Dental Professionals), and the Johnson City Evening Rotary Club.
Dr. Cooper has been married to his wife, Gaye, since 1977 and has two children currently seeking their own degrees. He and his wife attend Munsey Memorial Church.