Charles Douglas Cooney, 75, a former minister of United Methodist churches in Maryland who spent seven years as business manager and treasurer of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington before retiring in 1990, died of cancer Feb. 14 at a nursing care facility at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, Md.
Mr. Cooney, an ordained elder of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, began his ministry in the 1950s. His early assignments took him to St. John's United Methodist Church in Lutherville, Md., Timonium (Md.) United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville.
The former Hyattsville, Bethesda and Silver Spring resident was pastor of Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore from 1958 to 1963, Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, Md., from 1963 to 1969, Bethesda United Methodist Church from 1969 to 1975 and First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville from 1980 to 1983.
Mr. Cooney, who had lived at the Charlestown since 1998 and served on its residents council, was born in Lansdowne, Md. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He graduated from Gettysburg (Pa.) College and received a master of divinity degree from what is now Wesley Theological Seminary.
In his retirement years, he was a fundraising officer for Wesley Theological Seminary.
A son, Douglas A. Cooney, died in 1998.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Doris Stetler Cooney of Catonsville; two sons, David S. Cooney of Cockeysville, Md., and Donald R. Cooney of Lancaster, Pa.; and six grandchildren.