Reflections of His Life
Winston Cornelius Cooper was born to Nolan Douglas and Helen Haley Cooper on August 28, 1949, in Emerson, Arkansas. He attended McMittress Elementary, Junior High and High Schools, graduating in 1967. After graduation, he successfully earned his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Many of you remember it as Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College (AM&N).
Winston married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Baker Cooper, and moved to Burlington, Iowa where they raised two children during their 27 years of marriage. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an intern for three years during college and two years after graduation. He then changed companies and went to work for Mason and Hanger, Silas Mason Company – later known as the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. Winston was the Land Manager for 28 years. During his occupation, he was invited to Washington, DC, to receive an award in Small Business Management on behalf of Mason and Hanger. He also managed the Base Recreation Hall for several years.
In Iowa, Winston was an active member of St. John A.M.E. Church. He grew up in the C.M.E. Church in Arkansas and was no stranger to principles and responsibility, being the son of one Preacher and two Teachers. He served as a Steward and the Church Treasurer for many years at St. John.
He was one of the founders of the “Concerned Couples” in Burlington in the late 70’s – a group that mentored, nurtured and created a Minority Scholars scholarship to help improve performance, graduation and college attendance among our students. Winston had a very active lifestyle, always wore a smile, and was loved by many friends.
Winston was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Arnold Bernard Cooper. He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter Sonya Cooper of Lafayette, CO; his son Ehrich Cooper of Wichita, KS; his granddaughter, Jordan Cooper of Wichita, KS; his sister Brenda Hopson of ElDorado, AR; his brother Donnie Cooper of Emerson, AR; his devoted friend Barbara Cooper of Wichita, KS; four nephews and a host of Uncles, Aunts, and other relatives and friends. We are thankful to God for the life he lived among us.
“We never lose the ones we love, for even though they’re gone
Within the hearts of those who care, their memory lingers on.”