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Cavlovic, Kimbra (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Kimbra Cavlovic who passed away on February 14, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 14, 2016
Coomes, Grady Reed (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Grady Reed Coomes who passed away on February 14, 2015.
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Cooper, Randall (In Memoriam)  
Randall Cooper February 14 1916-April 29 2015 He was a Christian who lived his faith. He never went to college but he helped numerous other people go. He grew up in a time when equal opportunity for disadvantaged minorities seldom occurred, but he included people of other races as partners and shareholders in his businesses. He loved his wife and family, and the acquaintances he made during the day to day routine of his life loved him. He was a simple man who lived a life full of adventure. He was a cowboy, a fighter pilot, a business man and a gentleman farmer. He loved to grow things and give them away. He lived a life of honor and integrity. He never sought to take advantage of others, and gave generously to those who were disadvantaged. He was a compassionate conservative. He was devoted to his church and helped others build churches in areas that needed a helping hand. He took his family to church every Sunday. He loved the outdoors and teaching his children to appreciate the simple things in life. He said things like: "that's no hill for a stepper" and "a car is just transportation". John Randall Cooper was born in the community of Pleasant Valley outside of Garland on February 14, 1916 and passed away on April 29, 2015. He was the 6th child of 12 children born to Boone and Mabel Cooper. He attended several different schools including one year at Garland High School. When he was 17 years old, he went to the San Angelo area to work on a ranch. During the depression years he worked for his future brother-in-law in the house moving business, including moving several buildings in preparation for the Texas Centennial celebration at Fair Park. He learned about the concrete business while moving houses and other buildings. On May 23, 1941, Randall married Winona, the sister-in-law of his employer, Homer Gardner. The Monday after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he started work at Southern Aircraft (later Intercontinental Manufacturing and now General Dynamics). He then volunteered to serve in the Army Air Corps and qualified to train as a pilot. He was commissioned as an officer and flew P-40's and P-51's in the Pacific during World War II. He flew 108 combat missions and was a member of 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. He has the dubious distinction of surviving 3 separate air crashes. One mission of particular note occurred when he led an element of a flight that discovered a Japanese ship convoy near the Philippines. While on a strafing run he was shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. He parachuted into the ocean and paddled his life raft ashore to the Japanese controlled island. He hid overnight on the island and the next morning made contact with some Philippine natives. He was rescued that day by American forces in an operation mounted under tremendous Japanese fire. Randall provided Army intelligence with information regarding enemy placements on the island and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. This operation occurred seven days after his first son was born. Randall exemplified the best traditions of the American citizen soldier by serving with honor when needed and returning to normal life when the job was done. After World War II, Randall continued in the house moving business until 1947 when he founded Cooper Concrete Co. Starting as a concrete contractor, he worked out of his home on 15th Street in Garland until 1952. That year he became one of the first ready mix concrete suppliers in the area with the purchase of three 3 cubic yard mixer trucks. Cooper Concrete also moved to 5th Street, just north of downtown Garland. As the business grew, Randall was joined by several of his brothers and other relatives in the business. In 1964, the concrete contracting business was split off to a separate company, Garland Concrete. Randall served his church, First United Methodist, as an active member of his Sunday School class and service on the Administrative Board. He established the Grady Cooper Scholarship Fund in honor of the memory of his brother Grady, a children's Sunday School teacher at FUMC. Hundreds of college students have advanced their educations through the help of the scholarship funds. Randall was always concerned that young people live up to their full potential by receiving the best education possible. Randall was a past president of the Garland Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and sang in the Rotary Chorus. He served on the board of the Garland Chamber of Commerce and several community boards and committees. He and several relatives made the largest single park land donation in City of Garland history. He coached and sponsored Little League baseball teams. He and Winona were active supporters of their children's Boy Scout and Camp Fire Girl activities. Randall was devoted to his wife Winona LaQuey Cooper for 55 years until her death in 1997. He is survived by his son Larry Cooper, son Joe Cooper and his wife Betty, daughter Deborah Ross and her husband Richard, son John Cooper and his wife Debbie, and son Tom Cooper and his wife Debbie, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Lawrence and brothers Herbert Cooper and Raymond Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents William Boone and Mabel Axe Cooper, his brothers and sisters Cecil Cooper, Doyle Cooper, Glen Cooper, Carl Cooper, Hallie McCallum, Donald Cooper, Grady Cooper, and Maydell Pickett. He was lovingly cared for in his home during the last days of his life by Lutona Harris, Alusine Kamara, Francis Yovonie, Samuel Thornton, Wayne Harris, and Joyce Harris.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 14, 2016

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Caraway Sr., Bruce Gerald (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Bruce Gerald Caraway Sr. who passed away on February 13, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 13, 2016

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Clark, Glenn Daniel "Danny" (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Glenn Daniel "Danny" Clark who passed away on February 12, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 12, 2016
Cleverly, Dennis Smith (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Dennis Smith Cleverly who passed away on February 12, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 12, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Charles, Williams Rodney (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Williams Rodney Charles who passed away on February 10, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 10, 2016
Corriveau, David Oliver (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of David Oliver Corriveau who passed away on February 7, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 7, 2016
Costello, James (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of James Costello who passed away on February 10, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 10, 2016
Cutsinger, Betty (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Betty Cutsinger who passed away on February 10, 2015.
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Published on www.dallasnews.com on Feb. 10, 2016
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