Gary Allen Cooper, 57, of Orange, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Don Sheffield of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and from 8:00 a.m. until service time, Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Cooper was born in Orange on August 4, 1955, to Garney Lee and Barbara Lee (Glesmann) Cooper. He was a 1973 graduate of Lutcher Stark High School and attended Lamar University. He was a longtime employee at Invista, where he was a maintenance supervisor. He attended what was formerly known as 12th Street Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and a caring, devoted, loving husband, father, brother, and uncle. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Dale Richey; and his grandparents. Gary is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Rebecca Becky Cooper; sons, Lee Allen Cooper and Matthew Dale Cooper; and sisters and brothers-in- law, Renee and Monty Jarrett and Charlotte and Steve Liles. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Lucille Richey and a host of relatives and friends, who will all miss him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 7, 2012