James Dewayne Cooper
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
James Dewayne Cooper passed from this life into eternal life with the Lord on September 10, 2017, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He was born in rural Perkins to Audra and Edith (Stephens) Cooper, May 14, 1930. He grew up in the Perkins-Tryon area and graduated from Tryon High School in 1949. James married Sereita Frisbie on February 16, 1951 in Cushing, Oklahoma where they have made their home for the past 66 years. He began his career at an early age with Cushing Lumber Company, starting out driving the delivery truck and moved up to Assistant Manager. James retired after 42 years of dedication to the business and the Cushing community.
James was a member of the Cushing Free Will Baptist Church where he served as head usher, trustee board member, and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. Devotion to the Lord, his family, and friends was reflected by his daily living, exemplifying his Christian faith that was a witness to everyone that he came in contact with. He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music, especially bluegrass, fishing and having a good laugh.
James is survived by his wife, Sereita; his daughter, Sheila Harmon and husband, Steve; his sons, Chris and wife, Debbie; Curtis and wife, Janice, all of Cushing. His grandchildren, Stephanie Harmon and Shawn Harmon, of Cushing; Chrissy Whitten and husband, Michael, of Tuttle; Jarrod Cooper and wife, Kristen, of Cushing; Kaylee Berryhill and husband, Brad, of Tuttle; Jayson Cooper of Cushing; and Nathan Cooper and wife, Jordan, of Perkins. Great-grandchildren, Cali Cooper, Caleb Cooper, Piper Whitten, Daphne Whitten and Harley Jo Berryhill. His sisters, Janice Marlow and husband, Bill, of Oklahoma City; Fayetta Tevebaugh and husband, Dave, of Stillwater; and Sharon Sloan and husband, Jerry, of Tryon; and countless other family and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Loyd, three infant sisters and great-granddaughter, Lilian Whitten.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Karman Legacy Hospice and the Stillwater Medical Center nursing staff and physicians for the excellent care and compassion given to James during his illness. The family is grateful for the many prayers, visits, and acts of kindness during this time. Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel.