J.W. Cooper of Cheyenne passed away early last Sunday morning, March 21, 1937 in a Shattuck hospital where he had been for the past two weeks. Mr. Cooper had been in poor health for the past few years and been bedfast most of the time for past few months.
Funeral services wee conducted on Monday afternoon in the Methodist church of this city with Judge E.L. Mitchell of Clinton delivering the funeral address, following the reading of the obituary and prayer by Rev. Hill, pastor of the church. Judge Mitchell had long been a close friend of Mr. Cooper, who had asked him to talk at his funeral. Judge Mitchell eulogized the life of Mr. Cooper as being that of a good and just man, one who stayed with his friends and a typical pioneer who blazed paths for others to follow. The large crowd stood outside the church, having come from near and far to pay last respects to one who had “Been a friend of man.
J.W. Cooper came to this county in the early nineties with his family, when he truly became one of our substantial and influential citizens. His life was a benediction to all men to be honest, upright, loyal and true. His kindly admonition to his friends and especially to the young men was “Always be honest, be truthful and pay your debts, and you will not have any trouble with your fellow man.”
He had the happy faculty of impressing men with the faith he had in his fellow man and his sincerity won for him a friendship far deeper than is usually enjoyed. Men never betrayed Jim Cooper because they knew he was just and true. They honored and respected him because of his many virtues. His many friends will miss him and his counsel. They are made sad because of his passing. The editor of the Star is proud that he has had the privilege of knowing Mr. Cooper and the pleasure of his friendship for over a quarter of a century. We join the bereaved in sorrowing his demise.
James W. Cooper was born in Jacksboro, Texas on February 9, 1859. In 1889 he was married to Clara M. Brazzel, and to this union was born one child, Bessie, now Mrs. C.L. Barton of Carnegie, Oklahoma who survives the father. His first wife passed away July 29, 1920. In 1926, he married to Willie Bowman of Cheyenne who survives him.
A large number of friends of Mrs. Barton and Mr. Cooper of Carnegie attended the funeral and interment, which was in the Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
Cheyenne Star, March, 1937