Born July 6, 1932, in Hayti, raised by his aunt and uncle, the late James and Emma Garner, he was a 1951 graduate of Hayti High School, a U.s. Navy veteran and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a special friend, Leora Curtis, of Portageville, Mo.
One brother, Robert Earl Cooper, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel in Hayti with Bro. Doug Wahls officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Hayti.
Pallbearers were Danny Stevens, Claude Whitener, Jerry Wallace, W.T. Davidson, Jr., B.A. Cross and Eugene Davis.