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Lois Cooper White, 99, of San Antonio, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2020 at Brookdale Alamo Heights Skilled Nursing Facility. The older daughter of the Reverend Henry F. Cooper, Sr. and Overda Fulton Cooper, she was the widow of Leevester Gilbert White of Yoakum, Texas, to whom she was married for 52 years until his death in 1995. She was also predeceased by siblings Annie Doris Cooper (1930), Henry F. Cooper, Jr. (1995) and daughter Lois Diane White (2003). Born January 19, 1921 in Kendleton, Texas, on her maternal grandparents' farm, Lois grew up in African Methodist Episcopal Church parsonages in many small Texas towns. She graduated from Galveston's Central High School in 1936 and subsequently attended Paul Quinn College in Waco, receiving a bachelor's degree in English Literature in 1940. Lois wed her soldier husband in San Antonio on March 10, 1943 at Bethel AME Church parsonage before relocating to the University of Minnesota for graduate school, earning a Master of Arts degree (English) in May 1946. The couple soon returned to Texas. For more than 50 years, Lois shared her passion for knowledge with students: a primary school in Corsicana, Texas (1940-44); St. Philip's Junior College here and Houston's Texas Southern University (1946-1957); San Antonio Independent School District at Riley Elementary/Junior High School, Phyllis Wheatley and Sam Houston High Schools (1958-1982); San Antonio Community College's Evening Division(1972-1995). After retirement, Lois was appointed to fill a vacancy as Bexar County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 in 1995. Judge White presided over housing disputes, truancy cases and other local matters. She also oversaw a dedicated team of court personnel during her term. Lois was an ardent champion of the two-party system, fighting alongside other grassroots Republican activists since 1963. In 1966, Lois was the first Black woman candidate for the Texas Legislature from Bexar County. She served on the party's Bexar County Executive Committee, attended state and national conventions as a delegate and worked as precinct chairman for 50 years. She was offered positions in the administrations of Presidents Richard M. Nixon and George H. W. Bush. Inducted into the Bexar County Republican Party Hall of Fame in 1995, she later received the 2014 Texas Federation of Republican Women's Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award. Lois was involved with numerous civic and community groups over the years, including Bexar County Teacher's Credit Union, YWCA Board of Directors, San Antonio Mayor's Commission on Women, Bexar County Historical Commission, Bexar County Mental Health Commission. She joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1949 and was also affiliated with Jack and Jill of America. A member of Bethel A.M.E. Church for over 70 years, she faithfully supported the Daughters of Bethel, the Lay Organization, a Girl Scout troop and other programs. She is survived by her daughter Attorney Doris Helene White and her husband Steven Michael Soares, San Antonio; granddaughter Dr. Leigh Alexandra Soares and husband Marcus Parker, Mississippi; grandson Steven Cooper Soares and wife Alexandra, Massachusetts; godchildren Linda Knight Burkley of Houston and Stella Brown Miller of Louisiana, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020. Interment will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

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Published in Express-News on Aug. 16, 2020.
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August 26, 2020
Cousin Doris, I was extremely sorry to hear about Cousin Lois passing. She will certainly be missed. Cousin Lois was a well of history. At or last visit with her I remember her telling us about our Great Uncles and aunts when she was young. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. You realize that Cousin Lois is the last of that era of the Cooper Family. To God be the Glory for her life and all the lives she touched. Love, Cousin Alphaye and Family Austin, Texas
Alphaye Washington
August 26, 2020
Love You very much, Ida King
Ida King
August 24, 2020
Cousin Doris, your mom was a living legend. The legacy illuminated by her remarkable life will not be dimmed by her passing. Her presence impacted so many lives, who can tell the number? She was much more than her diminutive stature would suggest. Lois Cooper White - precious daughter, loving wife, proud grandmother, educator, warrior, pioneer, legislator, motivator, counselor, innovator, soror, mentor, humble and faithful servant, friend and relative. All who crossed her path learned something of value from her. She made her world better than she found it. She is enjoying a much deserved rest as her accomplishments proclaim their testimonies. May the family's grief be tempered with comfort and peace from the Almighty.
Ruby G Bolden
August 23, 2020
Doris, your mother was a caring, selfless person. She was a good neighbor and dear friend to my mother. Cassandra and I remember some stimulating conversations with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve
Quentin & Cassandra Porter
August 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of the beautiful Judge White. I had the pleasure of meeting her many years ago at a Bexar County Republican Women's luncheon, where she was a member for 50 years. She was such an incredible Patriot and loving lady. We will all miss her so much but are grateful for her service and devotion to the community, state and country. RIP sweet angel...
Kris Coons
August 22, 2020
My prayer Family at this difficult time.
Roxanne Lacy
August 22, 2020
It saddens our hearts to hear of the passing of Mrs. White. I will never forget our first encounter, we were both stranded during a flood, my car stalled and she took me to her house. That was the beginning of a long lasting relationship. My husband James (one of her students) and I send our deepest sympathy .
James & Ruby Lindsey
August 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. What providence that I saw you yesterday and we had a chance to visit about our shared experience of caring for our amazing Mothers at Brookdale. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Mardi Bell Baron
August 22, 2020
Circumstances prevent me from physically being with you but know that I am with you in spirit, sharing your loss. Memories of Lois will always remain in our hearts to soothe and savor. And if those should fail, God's comfort and care will sustain. Along with many others I will continue to lift your family up in prayer.
Ruby Bolden
August 22, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss. Mrs. White was a beautiful and sweet lady that will always have a special place in my heart.
Jenny Austin
August 21, 2020
My sincere condolences to Doris and the White family. Mrs. White lives on in the memories of the many lives she touched.
Lora Smith
August 19, 2020
Mrs. White made a difference in this life and we have all benefitted from her dedication to education and service to others. God Bless her, she will be greatly missed. Few people have had more impact for just plain good as Mrs. White. May she never be forgotten.
Christopher Gartner
August 18, 2020
Condolences to the family we were friends in Bethel AME before moving to Austin, Texas. Rest In Peace
Mary Terrell
August 18, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a very impressing person. I am glad I was able to meet her in Brookdale Alamo Height. My deepest condolences.
Brigitte Schwarz
August 17, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I am thankful I had an opportunity to meet Mrs. White and know her family and the legacy of hardworking and generosity she instilled in them. May God continue to comfort you.
Wonjen Bagley
August 16, 2020
A great woman of excellence and compassion. Her memory is embedded in the lives of those she touched. Praying for your comfort and peace. Robert & Raye Adkins
Raye Adkins
August 16, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace.
Mary Newell Pape
August 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the White family. I was taught by Mrs. White a Wheatley High School and she was well loved.
Alla Moore Carter
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