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Official Obituary of

James "Jim" Cooper, Sr.

October 5, 1934 ~ March 19, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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James Cooper, Sr. Obituary

James Lawson Cooper Sr., a man of wit, wisdom, and an unparalleled love for life, passed away on March 19, 2024, at the age of 89. Born on October 5, 1934, James’s early life was marked by a spirit of adventure and a deep-rooted sense of duty, qualities that would define him throughout his years.

At the young age of 19, James made a significant life change by moving to Texas, a place that would become near and dear to his heart. His love for the country and sense of patriotism led him to join the Air Force, where he served with distinction as a military police officer for three years. This experience instilled in him a profound respect for discipline and service, traits that he carried into his civilian life. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Margaret, in 1955. Their union was one of deep companionship, love, and mutual respect, marking the beginning of a family life filled with laughter, love, and cherished memories.

After his military service, James embarked on a career that saw him working at Pollock Paper, and later, as a truck driver for Lawson Brothers. 

James was known for his sarcasm and humor, a testament to his ability to find joy in life’s simple moments. A devoted family man, he relished in the roles of husband, father, and later, grandfather, always placing his family at the center of his world. His passions were many and varied; from sports, gambling to fishing, hunting, and woodworking, James embraced each with enthusiasm and joy. His mornings were incomplete without coffee and pancakes, and he was an avid fan of Texas Hold'em, chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal.

An exceptional storyteller, James never met a stranger. He had the unique ability to engage with anyone, sharing stories and laughter, making friends wherever he went. Above all, James was a man of love. Before his passing, he made sure to remind his children of his enduring love for their mother, Margaret, a testament to the depth of his affection and commitment.

Margaret, a fervent OU fan, and James shared a life full of support and pride for their grandchildren, attending countless events and celebrating every milestone. James’s legacy is one of love, laughter, and the enduring importance of family. He will be remembered not only for his humor and kindness but also for his unwavering support and love for his family.

As we bid farewell to James Lawson Cooper Sr., we reflect on a life well-lived, a life filled with joy, laughter, and an abundance of love. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and guide us. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the remarkable life he led and the countless lives he touched. James will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his spirit will forever remain in the hearts of his loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret, Parents Leslie and Hazel (Bias) Cooper and one brother Lloyd Cooper.

He is survived by his children: Patricia and husband Greg Bowers of Midlothian, Texas, Sarah Ranea and husband Mike Elliott of Maypearl, Texas, and James Leslie and wife Donie Cooper of Crowley, Texas; Grandchildren: Cody, Tonya, Leah, Michael, James aka Jim Bob, Emily, Thomas, Chelsey, Taylor, Clayton, Angelica, Jake, and Amileah; plus 21 Great-grandchildren 

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March 23, 2024

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Green Funeral Home Red Oak
105 Vintage Dr
Red Oak, TX 75154

Graveside Service
March 23, 2024

6:00 PM
Ovilla Cemetery
1308 Red Oak Creek Rd
Ovilla, TX 75154


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