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Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel
Friday April 21st, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel
Friday April 21st, 2017

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James Donald Cooper

Boyle- James Donald Cooper age 75 of Boyle, MS passed awaySaturday April, 15, 2017 at Indywood Estates in Cleveland, MS.

Visitation will be held Friday April 21, 2017 from 12:00 PM till 2:00 PM at Cleveland Funeral home. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Jeff Tollison will officiate the services.

James Donald was born October 17, 1941 to James Robert and Mildred Philley Cooper in Greenwood, MS, he grew up in Drew, MS where he graduated from Drew High School. He attended Delta State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1963 and a Masters of Education in 1968. While at Delta State, James Donald was a charter member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Zeta-Beta Chapter and the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He went on to serve as Band Director for West Tallahatchie School District for six years before beginning his career at Delta State University in 1969. Cooper served in many roles while at Delta State including Admissions Counselor, Registrar and Director of Admissions. He retired from Delta State in 2001 and was bestowed the title of Registrar Emeritus for his many years of service. He remained active at Delta State by attending all home football games. Until the fall 2016 he had not missed a game at Travis E. Parker Field at Horace L. McCool Stadium since it opened in 1970. He had attended all commencement events since 1968 until December of 2016. In July 2014, James Donald was honored with the renaming of the Registrar's office in his name. James Donald had served as Master of Ceremonies for the Most Beautiful Pageants and Miss DSU Pageants for over 30 years. James Donald was elected as an Alderman for the Town of Boyle in 2009 and was elected Mayor in 2013. James Donald also served as Chair of the Delta Area Senior Golf Association.

James Donald was preceded in death by his parents James Robert and Mildred Cooper.

He is survived by his wife of 51 Years; Norma Vance Cooper of Boyle, MS, Daughter, Mandy (Mark) Morse of Cordova, TN, Son; Van (Christie) Cooper of Collierville, TN and three grandchildren, Emily and Clair Morse and Landry Cooper. He also leaves a sister, Mary Mildred Cooper Carver (W.E.) of Hernando, MS, one niece and two nephews.

Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38501 or The James Donald Cooper Band Fund Box 3141 DSU Cleveland, MS 38733

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net

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"Death is something that we cannot sever, but love and memories last forever.." I know that your love one will be truly missed. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy . But in God word the Bible, he tells us about the wonderful promise of the resurrection, found at John 5::28, 29. Look forward to seeing your loved one again.

Lowanda Lee May 5 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks, Pat for your thoughts a prayers!

Norma May 4 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks for your kind words!

Norma May 4 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks for your kind words. Your flowers were beautiful!!

Norma May 4 2017 12:00 AM

Good to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words!!!!

Norma May 4 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks for your kind words!!!!!

Norma May 4 2017 12:00 AM

James Donald was a dear and special friend. We were grateful for our West Tallahatchie High School and Delta State experiences that we often reflected on. He truly loved his family and served so well during an incredible professional career at DSU. We lift up the Cooper family with heartfelt love.

Peter and Pat Jernberg

Peter and Pat Jernberg Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences and prayers go out to you Norma, Mary Mildred, and your families. James Donald was a good man and he will be missed God Bless.

Rock Fulgham Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

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A Spathiphyllum was sent on April 21, 2017

A Father's love never ends. He will now be reaching down to touch your heart daily. Don Philley

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