James Henry "Coop" Cooper, 58, of Magnolia passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his home.
He was born December 17, 1961 in Magnolia to the late Henry Lee Cooper and late Mary Jamerson.
James attended school in the Magnolia School District, where he was an awesome football player, and graduated in 1981.
James joined Damascus Baptist Church in Village at an early age. He also loved attending several other churches when they were having gospel singing programs because he loved to listen to gospel music.
James worked at ConAgra Poultry Plant in El Dorado for over 13 years. He traveled the road many nights in the rain, sleet, and snow going to ConAgra. James later started work at Amfuel on January 6, 2004, and worked there for 16 years, 7 months and 28 days until his death.
James enjoyed life and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed traveling with his classmates, Class of 81. James loved going to the racetracks with his son. He loved his cars. He also loved to travel to California and Las Vegas to visit his sisters. They treated him like a “King.”
James met no strangers and everyone that met him loved something about him. James was straightforward and direct, but funny all at the same time. James loved to visit his family and friends’ home to eat and talk. James loved his pinto beans. If you know James, then you know about those pintos with a lot of sugar.
James was preceded in death by his father, Henry Lee Cooper; mother, Mary G. Jamerson; stepfather, Nathaniel Jamerson; one son, James “Roady” Cooper; and two brothers, James Earl, and Victor Cooper.
He leaves to cherish his memories one daughter, Ja’Shaunda Allen of Homer, LA; three sons, Kentorius “Bull” Carey (Shunta) of Magnolia, Leroy Harris (Tamara) of Conway and Jamie Cooper of Kansas City; 17 sisters, Diane Brown (Terry) of Waldo, Vanessa Cooper and Lea Ann Cooper, TEXarkana, Mattie Faye Jamerson and Nichole Moss (Frank) both of Magnolia, Barbara Wright, Lorraine Harper, Gloria Cooper, Henrietta Cooper, Tonya Cooper, Keyla Cooper and Denise Cooper, all of Los Angeles, Tyrunya Cooper and Cheryl Paschel of Las Vega, Deidra Forrest of Camden, Leslie Cooper of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Alicia Smith of Hope; three brothers, David Easter (Paulette) of Camden, Henry Dale Cooper of Magnolia, and LaShaun Hunter of Dallas; two special brothers from “another mother,” Greg Carter and Larry Smith, both of Magnolia, two special sisters, Angie Faye Richardson of Dallas and Cornelia Critton of Magnolia; 13 grandchildren, Zyiah, Kentavious, Ken’Veyoun, Kendrick, Zanarria, Kentorius Jr., Tjay, Kendarrius, Kendajah, Bentley, Justice, Madisyn, and Audriana, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, September 11 at Reed Funeral Home.
Graveside celebration of life services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Damascus Cemetery in Village, with a horse drawn carriage processional starting at 1 p.m. from Fred’s parking lot, under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home.
Bishop Charles A. Blanks will be the eulogist.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone will be required to wear a mask at visitation and during the funeral service.