Willie Lee Cooper


Mr. Willie Lee Cooper of Marianna, affectionately called Bubba and Willie Lee entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 23rd at the River Valley Rehabilitation Center in Blountstown. He was 93 years old.
He was of the Methodist faith and a member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. He served in the United States Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge and he was a retired educator and coach with the Jackson County School System.
Precious memories will forever remain with two devoted sons, Bernard Cooper (Bobbie) and Melvin Holland; three grandchildren, Anthony (Julie), Melvin Jr. and Reggie (Claisha); four great grandchildren, Myah, Darion, Devon and Demi; and a host of other relatives and friends who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
A homegoing celebration will be Saturday, January 4th at 12 noon at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church with Pastor Ronald D. Mizer, Rev. Frances Menchion, Rev. Dovie Lewis and Bro. Jesse Douglas, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Orange Hill Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna. by the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.


  1. Mr. Willie Lee ( Bubba ) Cooper was one of the greatest African American teachers I have ever known. He taught positive lessons both in the school house, and in the community. Coach Cooper genuinely loved his students at Jackson County Training School, and he showed that love daily. His character, and ethics as a man helped shape who I am today. Coach Cooper not only trained the body, but also the mind. He helped send out into the world many high school graduates who went into universities,and colleges, and indeed into all kinds of professions who were educated, and courageous. Almost all of the lives he influenced have proven to be highly suited to live positive, progressive, law abiding lives as American citizens. Coach Cooper came into my office one day, and asked me to help him with some very important business that spanned several months of my involvement. I provided this assistance, and at the completion of our work coach asked me what he owed for my services. Coach then sat down, and wrote me a check completing everything on the face of the check except the amount. Coach then told me to write in the amount. He said whatever amount that I wrote, he would pay. I hesitated thinking about the enormity of what he had just done, and said. The coach waited patiently seeing that I was reluctant to write in an amount. Finally coach got up and declared that he had to go, but he was leaving the check with me to complete, and keep. That un-cashed check is still incomplete, and has been in my files today more than twenty years later. That check remains incomplete, and un-cashed because I determined that the self-worth, and value instilled in me by Professor Willie Lee ( Bubba ) Cooper is priceless, and as a result thereof, concluded that this noble teacher didn’t owe me a penny.

  2. God always take all great men to stand beside him, a great man cannot be replaced just only copy. A great man doesn’t consider himself a hero, just a man that doing the duties that God has put him on earth to do.
    When God knows that a great man has done his duties on earth, its time to move on to the kingdom. You never can pay for greatness only learn from it. A great man told me once as a very young man, it’s not all about what you yourself achieved, it’s how you help others to achieve. A great man never dies, he just passes it on to the next person to achieve, on and on.


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