James Earl Cooper, 76, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his home.
He was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Golden, the son of Clarence and Dennie (Eagleson) Cooper.
On July 13, 1974, in Laurie, he was united in marriage to Myrna Margery LaVanchy, who survives.
Additional survivors include: one daughter, Vonita "Kay" Roberts and her husband, James "Jim," of Springfield; two sons, Michael "Mike" James Cooper and his wife, Linda, of Raytown, and William "Bill" Cooper, of Raytown; two adopted daughters, Betty June Mason and her husband, David, of Holt, and Momoi Sinte, of Manipur, India; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Clay Cooper and his wife, Kathryn, of Grain Valley, Kenneth Cooper and his wife, Elsie, of Cassville, Donald Lee Cooper and his wife, Wanda, of Pierce City, and John Cooper, of Independence; and three sisters, Dorothy Wilson and her husband, Johnie, of Shell Knob, Ceola Chapman, of Rolla, and Norma Jane Dell, of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Herbert and Erskine Cooper.
He moved with his family from Golden to Shell Knob to the Cooper family home place when he was 10 years old. He later went to Kansas City and worked at several different jobs before being employed at the GM Leeds assembly plant, where he stayed until the closing of the plant and he then received his 30 years of service retirement.
He moved to his present home, which he and Myrna built in August of 1996. He was saved on April 24, 1974, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cassville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Cassville under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. James Weaver, Pastor Paul Wahlert and Rev. Glen LaVanchy will conduct the services. Burial will be at Painter Cemetery at Shell Knob.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Back Pack Program in care of the funeral home or the First Baptist Church of Cassville.
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