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James L Cooper

September 26, 1942 ~ June 15, 2020 (age 77)

Obituary


SERVICES TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF JAMES L. COOPER, JR. WILL BE 10:00 A.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020 AT FOUNDATION CHURCH, SAPULPA. JAMES WILL BE LAID TO REST IN FAIRLAWN CEMETERY, CUSHING. JAMES PASSED AWAY ON MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020. HE WAS 77.


JAMES LOWELL COOPER, JR., BORN SEPTEMBER 26, 1942, ENTERED INTO THE
PRESENCE OF JESUS ON JUNE 15, 2020.


JAMES WAS BORN IN OKEMAH, OKLAHOMA, IN THE HOME OF HIS GRANDFATHER TO JAMES LOWELL COOPER, SR. AND MARIE COOPER WHO LATER WERE THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE DRUMRIGHT NURSING HOME.


AT DRUMRIGHT HIGH SCOOL JAMES WAS AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT, 4.0 AVERAGE, WAS BOTH THE MATH AWARD AND THE SCIENCE AWARD WINNER. IN ADDITION, IN HIS SENIOR YEAR HE LED THE STATE IN BASKETBALL SCORING AND WAS NAMED AN ALL STATE PLAYER.


JAMES RECEIVED A BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIP TO OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1961, PLAYING UNDER THE WELL-RENOWNED HENRY IBA. HE WAS GRADUATED IN 1964 WITH A DEGREE IN HISTORY AND ENGLISH. WHILE YET IN COLLEGE, JAMES MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART, LINDA A. OLIVER ON JUNE 30, 1961.


AFTER GRADUATION, WHILE WORKING ON A MASTER'S DEGREE AND PASTORING A SMALL CHURCH IN DRUMRIGHT, JAMES RECEIVED A DEFINITE CALL TO THE MISSIONS MINISTRY. AFTER RESIGNING THE PASTORATE IN DRUMRIGHT, HE AND HIS WIFE SPENT A SHORT TERM SERVING AS MISSIONARIES IN JAMAICA. JAMES ALWAYS VIEWED THIS TIME AS VALUABLE, LEARNING TO ADAPT TO ANOTHER CULTURE.


IN 1967 JAMES AND LINDA WENT TO SURINAM, SOUTH AMERICA TO DO MISSIONARY WORK. THEIR VISION WAS TO TRAIN AND EQUIP THE SURINAMERS FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY A BIBLE TRAINING SCHOOL WAS DEDICATED ON JANUARY 1, 1970. GRADUATES FROM THIS TRAINING PROGRAM HAVE FOUNDED OVER FIFTY CHURCHES IN SURINAM AND SEVERAL FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THIS TRAINING PROGRAM THRIVES YET TODAY, BEING OPERATED TOTALLY BY SURINAMERS.


ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY IS THE IMPACT JAMES HAD ON THE SARAMACCAN PEOPLES IN THE INTERIOR ALONG THE SURINAM RIVER. ALTHOUG INITIALLY
FIERCELY OPPOSED TO THE GOSPEL, THROUGH HIS MINISTRY MANY OF THESE HAVE BEEN CONVERTED WITH MANY CHURCHES ESTABLISHED IN THEIR VILLAGES. JAMES WAS A LINGUIST, ACCOMPLISHED IN DUTCH (THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF SURINAM), THE LOCAL DIALECT (SURNANG TONGO), AND THE SARAMACCAN LANGUAGE (SARAMACCANS).


JAMES DEVELOPED INTO A LEADER OF LEADERS. MINISTERING IN DOZENS OF
COUNTRIES, HE UNITED CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL IN THEIR LAND.


JAMES WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, JAMES AND MARIE COOPER AND HIS BROTHER, RICKY COOPER. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS SISTER, SUSAN EVERS
(GARY) OF MOORE, OKLAHOMA, THEIR CHILDREN, JACOB WILLIAMS (ANE), DEREK EVERS (DANIELLE), DILLON EVERS; HIS BROTHER'S CHILDREN, JEFF COOPER (LESLIE) AND JENNIFER WILLIAMS (JEREMIAH); AND SEVERAL GREAT NEPHEWS AND NIECES.

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Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
June 20, 2020

10:00 AM
Foundation Church
7785 S Highway 97
Sapulpa, OK 74066

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