James Edgar Cooper, fondly know as “Coop”, was born on November 18, 1933 to A.C. and Jelma Cooper and passed away at 3:44 p.m. in the afternoon on September 10, 2017. After graduating from Pleasanton High School, Coop earned both his Bachelor and Master degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now known as Texas State University. His first job was at Desdamona School District where he taught sixth grade, his favorite. That job was the first in a long, passionate career dedicated to caring for and enriching the lives of both his students and fellow educators, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. It was while working at Desdamona that he met the love of his life, Tina Overmyer, who he married on April 14, 1956. In addition to being an educator, Coop was also a career Marine, retiring from the Marine Corp as a Colonel with 37 years of service on November 18, 1993. Coop’s commitment and priorities in life were clear: he loved his God, he loved his wife, and he loved his children and grandchildren. He made sure his children loved the Lord, knew the importance of a good work ethic, and strove to be the best versions of themselves. As a granddad, whether it was through conversations, sharing his snacks, or special trips to Dairy Queen, he always made time to show each of his eight grandchildren affection.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Cooper; his wife, Tina Cooper; his children: James “Jim” Edgar Cooper II, Greg and Cindy (Cooper) Holt, and Carl and Marylin (Cooper) Jenkins; his grandchildren: Cody and Kate Cooper, Jamie Cooper, Greyson Holt, Taylor Holt, Kori Holt, Sloane Holt, Colton Jenkins, and Carson Jenkins; and one great-grandchild, Charlotte Cooper.
Visitation was conducted at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m. Funeral services were at Pleasanton Church of Christ Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Pleasanton City Cemetery.
For anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family, share memories or sign the online guestbook may do so at www.hurleyfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Arms of Hope Children’s Home – Medina Campus (21300 TX-16, Medina, TX 78055) or Sunny Glenn Children’s Home (2385 W Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586) to honor Coop’s commitment to and love of children.