SC State Veterans Cemetery

M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery
140 Inway Drive
Anderson, SC 29621

Cemetery Superintendent - Major Jeff Fultz, USMC, Retired

cemetery entrance with snow at nightThe M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery opened in December 2007. As of 17 October 2016, 2,421 Veterans, spouses and dependents, have been buried with another 5,634 registered (pre-certified) with the cemetery for burials in the future. “Pre-certified” means the cemetery has determined eligibility after receiving and reviewing copies of a veteran’s DD-214 or discharge document and marriage certificate on file so when there is a need, 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.

cemetery grounds (headstones)

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 buildings with approximately 23 acres designated for over 16,000 burials or cremation interments. Phase II, which is currently in the design and bid process, should be started in the summer of 2013.

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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are 8:00 a.m. to dusk during Daylight Saving Time. We encourage personal visits to the cemetery.

cemetery grounds cemetery entrance at daytime in the spring cemetery grounds
funeral procession presenting the flag at a funeral ceremony cemetery headstones