Sylvester Cooper Jr. passed away Wednesday June 11th 2014. He was born August 3, 1923 in Hagler Arkansas to his parents Sylvester Cooper and Lottie Lee Hampton. Sylvester was preceded in death by his five older brothers, Clyde A., Rea A., Harvey D., Waymond and Paul. Sylvester served in the US Navy in World War II and in the Korean War. He served on the USS Rocky Mount and the USS Bataan.
Elizabeth Carolyne (Eddy) Cooper passed away Tuesday June 10th 2014. Elizabeth was born October 12, 1922 in Grand Prairie Arkansas to her parents Frank Chandler Eddy and Olive Grace Hamlin. Elizabeth and her brother Frank (Smokey) grew up on the family farm. Elizabeth attended college at Hendrix in Conway Arkansas and briefly taught at the Arkansas School of the Blind in Little Rock Arkansas. She took flying lessons, got her pilot’s license and worked as a welder during World War II.
Elizabeth and Sylvester attended High School in DeWitt Arkansas where they met, dated and enjoyed playing together in the High School band. After World War II they reconnected, and were married on June 4, 1950 (64 years). They relocated to the Pacific Northwest. They are the parents of three children, Carol Lynn Draper, Rebecca Kay Hepworth and Stephen Vance Cooper. While living in The Dalles, Oregon, Sylvester worked as a maintenance foreman on The Dalles Dam and Elizabeth taught music at Chenowith. They moved briefly to Arizona and then retired in Rexburg, Idaho. Ten years ago they moved to McMinnville, Oregon to be closer to their children. They were active members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They served four missions for the Church to Nova Scotia, West Africa, Namibia and South Africa. They were both actively involved in collecting Family History. Sylvester focused on genealogy and Elizabeth enjoyed taking, collecting and distributing pictures of family events. Sylvester kept chivalry alive through his example and was famous among the family for his smoked meats and gumbo. Elizabeth was generous with her funds, slipping money into the hands of those who needed help. She kept track of her extended family’s special occasions, sending cards for every birthday and anniversary. The couple enjoyed warm weather, plenty of family time and left no shortage of hugs and kisses.
Sylvester and Elizabeth are survived by two children: Carol and Stephen, 13 grandchildren: Dayne Draper, David Draper, Paul Draper, Linda Draper, Shawn Hepworth, Jarom Hepworth, Amber (Hepworth) Anderson, Lottie (Hepworth) Klinger, Tara (Hepworth) Strong, Joshua Cooper, Stephen P. Cooper, Dawn (Cooper) LaRance and Nikita (Cooper) Walker, 43 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Church of Latter Day Saints, McMinnville Stake Center, at 10:00 AM. Viewing will be held on Sunday, June 15 from 12-6 pm at the Chapel of Macy & Son and on Monday, June 16 at 9:00 AM at the Church. Vault interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Fund in care of Macy & Son.
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