Benita Elaine Cooper
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COOPER Benita Elaine Cooper of Gainesville, Florida died Wednesday August 13, 2003 at her home after a brief illness. She was 46. Benita was educated in the Duval County Public School System. She graduated with honors from William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975. She earned an Associate Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Santa Fe Community College and continued her education at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. She worked for 22 years with the Department of Protective Investigation. Benita was a member of Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gainesville FL. Survivors include her mother, Almeta Cooper of Gainesville; her father Esau Cooper of Jacksonville; sisters Geraldine Cooper, Gladys Pressley and Judea S. Mikell, all of Jacksonville, and Cassandra J. Cooper of Raleigh, N.C; and a brother Harold Cooper of Jacksonville. One niece Ebony Lucas of Washington DC, two nephews Damon Lucas of Washington DC and Sherman G. Mikell of Jacksonville, an Uncle James Davis of Cleveland, Ohio as well as a host of cousins, friends and godchildren. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday August 23, 2003; 6:00 pm at Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church 740 NE 21st Street, Gainesville Florida 32641. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Inc. 500 N.E. Spanish River Blvd, Suite 14 Boca Raton, Fl. 33431. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville.com

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Aug. 21, 2003.
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August 28, 2003
To Benita's family and friends --
I attended Raines Senior High with Benita, and I remember her as a bright light -- a friendly smile, a great sense of humor, and an intelligent individual. I am sorry for your loss.

Kathi Lang-Thorbs
Kathi Lang-Thorbs
August 26, 2003
TO THE FAMILY OF BENITA,
SHE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE IN SCHOOL,RAINES & NORTHWESTERN..SHE WAS KIND,CARING AND A GOOD FRIEND..MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU..
zelma franklin (jernigan)
August 22, 2003
To Sherman and his mom,

You have my deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of your loved one. I wish you peace and comfort.

Sincerely,
Ms. Richter
DeeDee Richter
August 21, 2003
I went to high school(Raines) and college(UF) with Benita. She was one of my friends. On many occasions I thought about her. I was very sad to hear of her passing. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Belinda Johnson
August 21, 2003
I am so sorry to hear about Benita, she and I went to school and church together in Jacksonville. To her family trust in God with all your hearts and lean not to your own understanding, He know's what's bes t for everyone. May God Bless you.
kim rahming-dukes
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