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Roy Wiley COOPER

Oakland Cemetery
Jackson County,
Arkansas

January 14, 1929-Feb 02, 2020

On Sunday, February 2, 2020, Roy Wiley Cooper, 91, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at his home in Searcy, Arkansas. He was born January 14, 1929, in Bradford, Arkansas, to the late Clyde David and Clara Lott Sanford Cooper.
Roy retired from the United States Air Force as a Captain, having served in the Korean Conflict as well as the Vietnam War. He also retired from the Union Pacific Railroad. He loved to fly and was an exceptional pilot. He was a flight instructor in the Air Force and after his retirement. Aside from his love for flying, he loved the outdoors, farming, gardening, traveling, and animals. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Roy was an avid reader who had a passion for learning which resulted in his ability to speak five languages fluently.
Roy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Peggi Jones Cooper; children, Donna Weatherford (Kim) of Beebe, Tina Lawrence of Sherwood, Vivian Roberts (John) of Cabot, Kim Jimerson (Tim) of Searcy, Keith Cooper (Cindy) of Sherwood, Karen Horton (Chris) of Dover, Delaware, Kelli Shaw of Trinidad, Colorado, Trey Adams (Stacey) of Jackson, Tennessee, and Rob Cooper (Krista) of Broussard, Louisiana; exchange students, Silvia Fernandez Peiretti of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tomo Yamato of Tokyo, Japan; siblings, Dean Cooper (LaVonne) of Victoria, Texas, Myra Lee Barnwell of Bradford, Marlene Busbea (Hugh) of Searcy, and Wilma McDougal (J.F.) of Bradford; 21 grandchildren; a village of great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends far too numerous to list.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, (twins) Lauren and Marlyn Cooper, and Farrel Cooper; children, Charles Cooper and Khaled Cooper; grandchildren, Crystal Lee Dominique Cooper and Kimberly O’Connor; and a brother-in-law, Garland Barnwell.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Bradford Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held Friday, February 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the church with Bro James Hays and Bro Johnnie Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Bradford Memorial Funeral Home, Bradford, Arkansas. www.bradfordmemorial.com

A memory from Trey Adams:
What can you say about Roy Cooper?? I'm afraid there isn't enough storage on this computer to tell it all. And that's only from what I know!

He was the smartest man I've ever known. He worked harder and longer than any man I've ever known. He never complained about his knees or back hurting. He never complained about the skin on his hands that were cracking bad enough to bleed. He was tough. A real man's man. A protector. If you were with him or belonged to him, you were safe and you knew it.

He was also the kindest and sweetest man. He could summon his furry friends from the woods. It was truly amazing to see how even the animals loved him. He would spend hours with his cows and love on them to make sure there were no ticks or other discomforts. He had so many critters for pets that would run in fear at the scent or sight of anyone else.

He was tough with education, ethics and love. He was a softy with Black Walnut ice cream and an old pocket knife he carried most everyday of his life. He was aware. Aware of everything. Aware of a poisonous snake that most would never know was there. He was aware of the bear or the panther that stalked him while he fed the cows in the middle of the night. Aware but unafraid.

His faith in God was steadfast and true. His love for Peggi was unfathomable. His art of perfection at everything was spectacular. His diligence at pulling EVERY doc weed on that farm was frustrating. OH MY.....EVERY ONE. Again, diligence.

Finally, Roy Cooper was a veteran of two foreign wars. He was a hero. He fought for the freedoms of this country and not one time complained about the most horrible things a person should ever endure. He only talked of the beautiful places he'd seen and the wonderful people he'd met around the world.
He was a truly gifted pilot. He was a Fighter Pilot instructor and flew everything our armed forces had in stock. He flew them all and better than anyone else. He brought his skills to the civilian world and taught so many people to fly and transferred his passion to them.

Roy Cooper was passionate. He was passionate in providing for his family. He was passionate if you thought you were old enough and strong enough to grip his hand and think you may make him feel pain. The bones in your hand were passionately cracking as he grinned. He was passionate about our wonderful world and all it had to offer. He was passionate about sharing his stories about places he had been and seen simply because he knew most would never experience even a tiny bit of what he had. He was passionate about absorbing information and I mean LIKE A SPONGE. He would speak to you in five languages passionately. Roy Cooper would pray with the utmost passion. He would pray for me....with passion. Thank you dad. I love you!
Obituary: Bradford Memorial Funeral Home

Contributed on 9/18/20 by paperdoll1913
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Submitted: 9/18/20 • Approved: 9/18/20 • Last Updated: 9/21/20 • R1339766-G0-S3

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