Earl Josey Cooper

Earl Josey Cooper

Services for Mr. Earl Josey Cooper will be at 11 am, on August 2, 2014, at Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. A 10:30 am Omega. Services will be conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The services will be officiated by the Rev. Larry Smith. Burial will take place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, under the direction of Gonzaque-Williams Mortuary (720 Saint James Street, Alexandria.)

Mr. Earl Josey Cooper, 78, of Alexandria passed away at 7:30 pm, July 24, 2014, at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria.

Earl Josey Cooper was born May 11, 1936, on Bayou Rapides to the union of Nemire Cooper Sr. and Gertrude Harris Cooper. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1955, and later pursued B.S. and M.A. degrees from Grambling College and Texas Southern University. He furthered his studies at Central Michigan and Northwestern State University, where he gained certification in Educational Administration and Guidance Counseling. He served as an educator in Lake Charles and Breaux Bridge before returning to Alexandria. He served as Assistant Principal at Alexandria Senior High School from 1974 until 1990. He ended his career in education by serving as the supervisor of transportation for the Rapides Parish School Board. Loved by students as well as staff, many students have reached out over the years to express their gratitude to Mr. Cooper for his guidance during their high school years.

Earl was a member of Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church for 60 years - serving on the Trustee Board for over 40 years. He was a willing worker serving on the Christian Men's Fellowship, Sunday School, and actively participating in Bible study. In 2001, his church bestowed upon him the honor of "Man of the Year."

Mr. Cooper was a member of the Epsilon Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was a life member of the Grambling State University Alumni Association. He also served proudly as the president of the Rapides Parish Federal Credit Union. He served his country in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge as a CPL.

While he received many accolades over the years, he credited his greatest accomplishments in life as those associated with his family - which was the foundation and motivation for all he did. He was a loving, devoted husband, nurturing and attentive father, and his four grandsons were his pride and joy. Earl was a kind man, a gentleman and a scholar. Earl was great listener and many relied on his as a confidante, as he respected people, as well as their different opinions and perspectives on life. He was not judgmental - accepting all people at face value and never holding a grudge. A man of integrity and grace, who always gave unconditional love, is how Earl will best be remembered. Please join our family in honoring his legacy of life by loving your fellow man - just as Christ loved us - in thought, word and deed. (The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighteth in his way-Psalms 37:23)

His survivors include his wife, Mattie Maltie Cooper of 51 ½ years; daughter, Stephannie Cooper Senegal; son, Terence Earl Cooper (Cheronda); brother, Nemire Cooper Jr. of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Joshua Earl Senegal, John "LJ" Senegal II, Caleb Earl Cooper, and Caden Curtis Cooper.

Friends may call at Gonzaque-Williams Mortuary, Friday, August 1, from 9 am-5 pm and again Saturday, from 9 am-10:30 am at the church.

Funeral Home

Gonzaque-Williams Mortuary
720 Saint James St Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 443-5748

Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 1, 2014