Bishop James A. Cooper, Jr.


Bishop James A. Cooper, Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend was born on July 9, 1959 to the late James A. Cooper and the late Bama Lee Rives Cooper in Montgomery, Alabama. He spent his life in Blountstown, Florida. He was reared embracing a strong work ethic and fearing the Lord.

He was educated in the public schools of Calhoun County where he graduated. He was employed as a custodian with the Calhoun County School Board. He also worked for McDonald’s for years. He always desired to provide for his family and love on his wife and children. He was a man that exemplified love.

James married the love of his life, Missionary Rhonda Lynn Robinson Cooper. Together, they raised their children and celebrated 40 years of marriage. They encouraged others to stick together and trust God.

He accepted Jesus as his personal savior and received the baptism. Finding the Lord was the best thing that ever happened to him. He spent years sharing the goodness of the Lord with others. He and his wife served the Lord together. He served as pastor of a couple churches and in various capacities in the church.

James was an outgoing, loving, frank, and family-oriented person. He was an active member of Graham’s Chapel Deliverance & Peace Ministry under the leadership of Bishop B.C. Graham. He had a special way of making everybody feel special. He always made a way for others, even when the needs of others came before his.

He loved basketball, working in the yard, and enjoyed the company of others. On July 27, 2021 surrounded by his children and grandchildren he went home to be with the Lord. To know him was to love him.

A Celebration of a Life Well-Lived will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST from the Graves Creek Cemetery in Blountstown, Florida with Bishop Adrian Abner, Pastor M. Bernard Mitchell, Minister Roosevelt Martin, and Bishop B.C. Graham officiating. Vann Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

A viewing will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Vann Funeral Home in Marianna, Florida.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance for social distancing and masks will be followed to ensure the safety of the family and those who attend the viewing and graveside service.

Bishop Cooper leaves behind a legacy of love: his loving wife, Rhonda Cooper; Four children: Lavonya Cooper, Jerome Cooper, Simone Wafer (Marko), and Trevor Flowers. Five grandchildren: Shatashia Deveaux, Derrick Pearson, Jr., Shareida Charleston, Keygan Cooper, Amarri Black, and Marko, IV; One sister: Linda Cooper (Freddie Jones), and many special nieces and nephews. He had many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other special loved ones and special friends who had a special place in his heart.


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