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Obituaries

March 12, 2014

Jess Leroy Cooper III

McALESTER — Jess Leroy Cooper III, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Talihina. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Southlawn of Tulsa.

Born Dec. 22, 1944, in Sioux Falls, S.D., he was the son of Jess and Elaine Cooper. He grew up in Talihina.

He was scouted to become a professional baseball player, but could not play due to a lasting arm injury.

In the mid-60s he worked on pipelines in central California. He started building residential homes in the late 1960s. He owned and operated Cooper Construction for more than 40 years, building countless quality homes in Oklahoma City.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He and his family owned a deer camp and cabins in southeastern Oklahoma for more than 60 years. He loved the outdoors and had a great respect for wildlife.

Survivors include his mother, Elaine Cooper Whitt, of Coalgate, and his son, Jess Cooper IV, of Edmond.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jess Cooper II; brothers, Larry and Mark Cooper, and one sister, Julie Cooper.

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