Joseph Chester Cooper “J.C.”


Joseph Chester Cooper “J.C.”, of Runaway Bay, TX passed away May 2, 2023.

Joseph Chester Cooper "J.C."
Joseph Chester Cooper “J.C.”

Visitation will be from 3-5 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 7, 2023 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

J.C. was born December 30, 1935 in Saint Jo, TX to C.L. Cooper and Leola McKee. He proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.  J.C. married Bonnie Jean King on June 2, 1956 in Amarillo, TX. After his time in the service, J.C. built homes with his father in law, G.R. King for a short time until taking a job at Railway Express Agency on the docks then to driving a truck. He drove all over the country for many different companies until his retirement from Frito Lay where he achieved the “Million Mile Safe Driving Award.”

J.C. was and still is loved. He will be dearly missed by his immediate and extended Cooper family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, C.L. and Leola Cooper; wife, Bonnie Cooper; and brothers, Bill Cooper, Jimmy D. Cooper, Bobby Cooper, and A.J. Baker.

J.C. is survived by his son, Tim Cooper and wife Tamara; brother, Ronnie Cooper and wife Beverly; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.





7 Replies to “Joseph Chester Cooper “J.C.””

  1. J.C. was a most considerate, kind and loving man. He truly exemplified our Lord in his relationship with people. A number of years ago I was attending a reserve navy chaplains’ workshop in Dallas and so I called J.C. when I arrived. He told me he would like to take me out to eat so we could visit and enjoy the evening together. He said, “bring along some navy chaplains if you wish.” There were three of us and J.C. At the time of departure J.C. took the bill and said, “It’s on me.” He was a veteran and showing his appreciation for our service to our country.

    I bought my first automobile from J.C., a 4CV Renault. I have never had another car that got such terrific gas mileage. I paid J.C. $100.00 for the car and I could fill it up and drive back and forth to school, sometimes take football players home after football practice, and only fill it up about every two weeks.

    Good day to one swell man, but not forgotten and soon to be seen again in the glorious Kingdom of God.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle JC Cooper. I know that he is in Heaven with our Lord and so many family members and friends. He is reunited with his love (Aunt) Bonnie. Although I am unable to be with you today, I will be thinking of you all, saying prayers, remembering JC and wonderful times together. I send my deepest sympathy and love and hugs to Tim and Tamara, Ron and Beverly, Morgan and all of the Coopers and others that knew and loved JC.

  3. J C and Bonnie were part of our family for many years in Irving. To know them was to love them and we loved them very much. We have many happy memories of them. J.C’s favorite song to request in Church was ” The King is Coming” We know for sure that J C is now with his King. Our sympathy to all of the family.

  4. J.C. Was a very close friend along with Bonnie in the Bethel Methodist Church in Irving. We loved this man from the moment we met him. A wonderful Christian man who loved the Lord. Our sympathy to Tim and family.

    Vince and Sandra Kirchner

  5. My favorite thing to do on Saturday night was to listen as my parents and the Coopers visited in our living room!!! Those precious memories are still etched in my heart. I love them both deeply and will always treasure the love they showered upon me. My prayers are with all of you!

  6. To Tim, Tamara Cooper -Ronnie and Beverly Cooper, And all the Grand Children Great Grand Children, Cousins Nieces and Nephews

    I could never say enough words to ease your or all our sorrows. Ronnie, you are now the Last Surviving g Child of Chester and Leola Cooper. I am sure I can speak for Tim, My Father, Bill, Bobby Cooper, and AJ’s Family…You are not going to go through this loss alone, we grieve with you. The great thing about the Cooper family is whether a brother, son, grand or great-grandchild, cousin, niece, or nephew is…We do not let you grieve alone. That is a great wonderful blessing we all share. When we gather on Sunday at 2:00 pm. I will do my best to honor the life of JC. We all will shed tears of loss, pain, and sorrow. At the same time, we will rejoice that the journey and struggle over the last few years is now over. The added joy and assurance are that JC is now at rest in heaven with Bonnie, his parents, brothers, and so many more. I am 100 percent certain that those of us who are born-again believers will see JC again. Tim and I reflected on Thursday we all hope will not be too long. Perhaps Jesus will soon Come again. Until then all the family and friends that will gather on Sunday pledge to you our love and support. We love you! You are not alone we know is some ways there is a sense of peace and release for you. “Tim-Ronnie I, (we) (Valerie and your other extended family) love you .” May the peace of God give you and all our family grace, peace comfort, and hope for today and assurance that this is not the end but only the beginning for us all to know one day all will be made well for each of us….when we see JC and all other loved ones again when we too enter our eternal home….With all my (our love) Bryan & Valerie Cooper

    1. I am so deeply saddened to hear of my Uncle JC’s passing, but I know all in the Cooper Family share the belief that JC is in heaven. He is now with Jesus, united with all his dearly loved family that left this earth before him. My Uncle JC loved to laugh and hug and smile. Being children of the Great Depression, the love of sitting around the table after a family meal and telling funny childhood stories, was ingrained in all the “Cooper Brothers.” I heard some side-splitting gems while sitting around the dining room table in Dalhart. At grandma & grandpa’s house in Walters, OK, many times the meal time talk then carried into the living room where everyone lazed around (wherever they could get comfortable) laughing, loving, and sharing until we were bleary eyed. The stories I remember sprang up from the family circle…..with dearly loved family. JC and all of his brothers provided a small part of the Cooper Family stories. Cherish and share all those gems with your own children and grandchildren. The stories are all part of our Cooper heritage. I know JC loved all the stories. I loved JC and am so sad that I will not be able to be there to share in the family celebration of his ‘heavenly send-off’ as we all say goodbye. You were dearly loved, JC, and you will be deeply missed by all the family and friends that loved you in this world! I WILL see you again. This is one of the many promises God made to me. Big hugs to Tim and Tamara and all those that loved JC Cooper! 💙💔💔💔💙

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