He completed six years of elementary schooling at the Netherlands School System at Netherlands, Mo. He is a graduate of the Central High School in Hayti. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Agriculture Education with a minor in Biology from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. He also studied Agricultural Economics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. and at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was one of the first blacks to attend college in both Raleigh and Cape Girardeau.
He was married to Freida Reagon for more than 50 years .
To continue with his career and some of the positions he held: He was the first black advisor from Southeast Missouri to the United States Commission on Civil Rights; the first black hired by the Farmer's Home Administration (F.H.A), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the State of Missouri; the first black to be accepted into the Rotary Club District 6090 of Missouri; the first elementary principal of East Elementary School of Steele, Mo.; the first black advisor to the University of Missouri Delta Center. He was a charter member of Hayti's V.F.W. post #6953. Some of his former positions and communities included, Adjutant for the American Legion Post 146, a senior active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Rotary International, a member of the Missouri and National Association of County Supervisors for FHA Pemiscot County, the Family Counseling Center Board to Southeast Regional Advisory Council, Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Advisory Committee for Extension programs for Southeast Missouri, AKA Bootheel Initiative, Lincoln University's Council of Agriculture Research Extension and Teaching (CARET), Lincoln University's President Club, Organization of Professional employees
of USDA, Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
and V.F.W., member of Wardell Lodge #157 and special District Deputy Grandmaster of Missouri and Its Jurisdiction, and Deacon and Secretary of Cedar Street Missionary Baptist Church.
However, with all of his accomplishments and historical contributions, Roy Cooper Jr. stated that his most important position is his relationship with God, Church and Family. "As I spend these last days on earth and after I depart, I want to be known and remembered as just Brother Cooper, one that extends and extended his hands to help."
Roy Cooper Jr. is survived by his wife, Freida and four children, Roy III, and wife, Alberta, in Hayti, Tracey, Stacey, in Nashville and Joe and wife, Jo, in St. Louis, Mo.; his siblings, Dr. Charles W. Cooper, in Jefferson City, Mo.; Madeith Mike Cooper and wife, Octavia, Alex Cooper Sr., in Hayti, Joel Curtis Cooper and wife, Kay, in Kennett, William V. Cooper, in Pascola, Mo., Juel Cooper Rush and husband, Tommy, in Aurora, Ill., Dr. Thomas Jefferson Cooper and wife, Sharlyn, in Fulton, Mo.; his aunts, Mildred Cooper, in Hayti, Alberta Black in Gosnell, Ark., and uncle, Chelcy Black in Arizona. His extended family includes many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kenny, and brothers, Chelcy, Walter and Melvin "Fess" Cooper.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, at Cedar Street Baptist Church in Hayti.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at Faith Temple Church in Hayti.
Burial will full military honors will follow
in the Concord Cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home in Caruthersville, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.