Cooper was born Oct. 1, 1942, in Harlingen, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1961 and earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University in 1965.
Throughout his life, Cooper worked as a minister of music and choir director at various Baptist churches and schools in Waco, Killeen and Dallas. During the Vietnam war, he served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant, and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.
Cooper was also a certified financial planner and worked as an accounts payable manager for Comp USA for 15 years. For eight of those years, he also served as minister of music at White Rock Community Church in Dallas.
He retired and moved to Acapulco, Mexico in 2008. Cooper had a talent and a passion for music that touched everyone he knew, and he was a loving father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Cooper was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Roy Edgar Cooper and Frances Louis Stahl Cooper. He is survived by his son, Tim Cooper; his daughter and son-in-law, Harolyn and Troy Salwie; his granddaughter, Hailey Salwie; his brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Reuel and Lanelle Cooper; his former wife, Michelle Padgett Perkus; seven nieces and nephews and their spouses and children, and many friends.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at White Rock Community Church in Dallas. Memorial contributions can be made to the Roy Cooper Memorial Fund, c/o White Rock Community Church, 9353 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2010.