Joe Cooper Sr., 1938-2019

Joe L. Cooper Sr., 80, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at LaPorte Hospital.

He was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Houston, MS, the son of Willie Cooper Jr.and Odessa (Pulliam) Cooper.

Joe was the founding pastor of the Greater Harvest Full Gospel Church of LaPorte. He worked for Whirlpool for 30 years before retiring. Even after retiring, Joe enjoyed keeping busy with numerous other part-time jobs and activities. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing, watching sports, and even got into politics. Most of all, Joe loved spending time with his family. He and his wife, Lu, lived in Arizona for 15 years before returning home in 2013 to be closer to their family.

On June 20, 1981, in LaPorte, he married Lula (Jeffries) Cooper, who survives him.

He is also survived by his five sons, Timothy Cooper, Terrance Cooper, Joe Cooper Jr., Shane Cooper and David Cooper; two daughters, Deanna O’Brien and Tania (Charles) Taylor; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret (Jerry) Hunt and Ernestine (David) Goldstein; sister-in-law, Versie Jeffries; two brothers-in-law, Solomon Jeffries and Ernest (Margaret) Jeffries; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by both his parents; son, Douglas Jeffries; brother, John Buchanan; and two sisters, Nettie M. Jackson and Sharon Buchanan.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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One Response to “Joe Cooper Sr., 1938-2019”

  1. billie thresh womack

    Jul 09. 2019

    prayers to the family

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