James Willis Cooper was born in Beckley, West Virginia on October 28,1945 to the late Denver David Cooper and Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell Cooper. James was the seventh of nine children. He transitioned from this life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
He was affectionately known to his family and close friends as "Jimmy." James received his formal education in the Beckley, West Virginia school system.
James worked for General Motors in Delaware. James was also an Entrepreneur, owning several businesses as well as co-owner of van service with his brother Charles.
James met Bernadette Lane and to this union one son was born, Bryan Darnell Lane. James met and married Elaine Butts and to this union two children were born, James W. Cooper, Jr. and Djuna Cooper Brown.
Isabella Long was his loving, devoted significant other for over three decades.
James accepted his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age at Second Baptist Church, under the leadership of G.W. Goins. He later joined New Galilee Baptist Church in Wilmington, Delaware under the leadership of Bishop William B. Wilmore, Jr. It was at Galilee Baptist Church where James served as a Trustee member. In 2017, James was bestowed the honor of the “Man of the Year,” an honor he held most dear.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his son James Jr.; three brothers, Donald Cooper, Charles Cooper and Robert Cooper and four sisters, Lillian Cooper-Solomon, Arnethia Cooper-Stokes, Vera Cooper-Hillian and Wanda Cooper-Copney.
He leaves to cherish his memory, one devoted son, Bryan D. Lane of Wilmington, Delaware; one daughter, Djuna C. Brown (Joey) of Bear Delaware; one sister, Derondia Cooper-Hines of Newark, Delaware; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; a dear friend, Isabella Long; two brothers-in-law, James Hillian of Winston Salem, NC and James Copney of Beckley, West Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Cooper and Shelva Jean Cooper both of Philadelphia, PA, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
His Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 am on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Congo Funeral Home, 2317 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802, with a viewing from 9-10:45 am.
His burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington Delaware 19805.
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