Phillip J. Cooper

Phillip J. Cooper

Phillip J. Cooper, 84, of Uvalde died on May 15, 2018, in Uvalde.

A memorial service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa. A meal and fellowship will follow the service.

He was born on April 2, 1934, in George West to Mary Ada (Barnes) and Marcus Cooper.

He attended elementary school in Clegg and high school in George West before joining the U.S. Army. He served four years and was stationed at various bases in Texas and Louisiana.

He met and married Shirley Wegner in 1963 in Beeville. The couple moved to Uvalde in 1970.

He was an active member of the Lutheran Church in both Uvalde and Knippa, and he worked for Medina Electric Cooperative until retirement.

After retiring, he enjoyed attending church functions, traveling with his wife, fishing with his brothers and learning various forms of woodworking. He made a hand-carved manger scene for his wife and butterfly crosses for his family, but his favorite activity was making pen and pencil sets. The family says he was a generous man who donated matching sets to church functions and family reunions for silent auctions and gifted them to his doctors and nurses.

Cooper was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dwain Cooper, Freddy Cooper and Allen Cooper; and cousin, Travis Cooper.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, of Uvalde; daughter, Kathy Cooper and companion, Ernie Aguilar, of Uvalde; two sons, Randy Smith and companion, Shirley Richardson, of George West and Michael Graham of Katy; two grandchildren, James Lucio of Chappell Hill and Faith Lucio-Sleeper of Leander; four great-grandchildren: Jason Lucio, Railee Lucio-Priester, Jordan Lucio and Talius Lucio-Sleeper;  sister-in-law, Helen Cooper of Martinez, Georgia; two cousins, Jean Hyde and husband, Carl, of Rocksprings and Billy Jean Cooper of Uvalde; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com



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