Graveside services for De'Taevias LaShawn Cooper will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021, at 23rd Psalms Cemetery in Magnolia.

De’Taevias LaShawn Cooper, 19, of Magnolia passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

On December 19, 2001, God truly blessed the lives of Kimberlyn and Shawn Cooper with their first bundle of joy -- a baby boy, De’Taevias Lashawn Cooper. For 19 years, 229 months, 992 weeks, 6,963 days, the world was given open access to the life, love, and laughter of the one who was affectionately known as, “Dee.”

With his grand entrance into the world, “Dee” was also received by his loving and devoted grandparents, Dorothy and Lloyd Cooper Jr. Their love for him was without limits; and that love extended to them raising “Dee” as their very own.

De’Taevias accepted Christ at an early age with his membership at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Magnolia under the leadership of Rev. B.J. Harris. He was an active participant in the Youth Department, and was known for being a very respectful young man.

He was a 2020 graduate of Magnolia High School; and was a part of the high school football team where he played the positions of safety and wide receiver. He left a lasting impression on those who met him. One beloved educator at the high school described “Dee” as being “one of the funniest fellas I have ever met.”

“Dee” was one who willingly proved his love and loyalty to his family daily. He had no problem with expressing his love, through both words and actions, for those who made positive impacts in his life. His infectious smile, light-hearted and fun approach to his friends and family, dancing skills, and adventurous ways will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him so deeply.

Countless memories of “Dee” have been captured reflecting every bit of not only who he was but also what he was to so many. He was a treasured son, a cherished brother, an adored grandson, a dear cousin, a valuable friend, and -- more importantly -- a believing child of God.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Bell Jean Sears Carter and Willie Greer; paternal great grandparents, Lloyd Sr. and Elle Cooper; uncles, Anthony Bracy and Richard Cooper; and cousin LaTunya Green.

Those left to cherish beautiful and priceless memories of “Dee” are his parents, Kimberlyn and Shawn Cooper; brother, Deshawni Cooper; paternal grandparents, Dorothy and Lloyd Cooper Jr.; maternal grandparents, Renae and James Finks, and Donnie and Debbie Shaw; aunts, Demetria Shaw and Sheena (Cory); uncles, Gary Cooper (Ashley), Lyn (Pam) Cooper, Charles (Donna) Cooper, Brandon Finks, and James Finks; great aunts, Judy Johnson, Diane Rowden, Valestene Jackson, Charlotte Jones, and Mary Montgomery; great uncles, Harold (Linda) Cooper and Herman Dean Cooper; great-great aunt, Hazel Aubrey; great-great uncle, Franklin Sears; special aunt, Taneisha Winford; special cousins, Brooklyn Cooper and Taniya Flowers; a host of other relatives and a multitude of very special friends who will carry “Dee” in their hearts forever.

Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at R.L. Reed Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021, at 23rd Psalms Cemetery in Magnolia, under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home.

The Rev. B.J. Harris will be the eulogist.

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