He was a 1955 graduate of McGehee High School and served in the United States Army as a para trooper, 82nd Air Borne. He was a longtime employee for Yellow Bend grain elevator, a volunteer for the Halley Volunteer Fire Department, and was a “jack of all trades”.
Mr. Cooper was always busy. He enjoyed hunting and helping others. He made a profession of faith at a young age and was an active member of Halley Baptist Church for many years.
Mr. Cooper was born on April 28, 1936 in Hampton to the late Homer Lee Cooper and Marjorie Blann Cooper.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Burchfield.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Lewis Cooper; sons, Walter Cooper and J.D. Cooper of Halley; daughter, Lora Medina of Halley; brother, Arnold Cooper of Orange, California; sister, Shirley Burchfield of Midway, Texas; grandchildren, Allison (Allen) Dunn, Victoria Medina (Brian Bauer), Kyle Cooper and Tiffany Cooper; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Dunn, Chason Dunn, Olivia Bauer, Kaitlyn Bauer and Colton Bauer; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. A funeral services will be held Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at Halley Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Gregory officiating. Burial will be at Halley Cemetery.