Cooper, James Age 82, of Waukegan, Illinois, departed from the "Land of the Living" with his wife by his side at Rolling Hills Nursing Home in Zion on Monday, June 3, 2013.He was born April 26, 1931 in Jackson, Mississippi to Nathan and Mamie (Hankins) Cooper. James accepted Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age while attending Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduation, he attended Jackson State College for one year on a Brick Mason Scholarship before leaving to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Following his discharge from the service, he relocated to Waukegan, Illinois and worked briefly at the Veteran's Hospital before embarking on a career in communications as a telephone lineman at Fort Sheridan, IL. James joined First Baptist Church of North Chicago in 1953 where he served as a Deacon for over 50 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Mattie (Davis), and four children, Dwight Cooper of Waukegan, Illinois, Cynthia Cooper of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jeffery (LaSonya) Cooper, and Cassandra Cooper both of Harvest, Alabama; two brothers, Nathan Cooper of North Chicago, IL, Frank (Doris) Cooper of Chicago IL;four sisters, Rosie Minter, Vinnie Medina both of North Chicago, IL, Mamie Miller of Palmetto, FL, and Bettie (William) Johnson of Waukegan IL; seven grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends. A Celebration of His Life Service will be held at 11:00A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, 2219 14th Street, North Chicago, IL. Pastor Lee Z. Maxey, Officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Interment will be at Pineview Cemetery, Beach Park, IL. Arrangements by Bradshaw & Range Funeral Home. Please sign guestbook at www.bradshaw-range.com
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Published in News Sun from June 6 to June 12, 2013