"3">Samuel Lee “Sam” Cooper, 62, of Grove, Oklahoma departed this

life on Saturday evening, July 16, 2011 at his home after a recent

battle with cancer.


"3">Sam entered this life on December 20, 1948 in Southwest City,

Missouri to Allen Cooper and the late Ruby (Ferrell) Cooper. He was

raised in Southwest City and was a 1966 graduate of Southwest City

High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on April

17, 1968 to serve his country during Vietnam. After being honorably

discharged he made his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On June 18,

1977 he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Gravitt and together

they have shared the last thirty-four years. For twenty-three years

he was employed by the Hertz Corporation in Oklahoma City as a Data

Base Programmer. In 2009 he and Mary Jane decided to retire to

Grove, Oklahoma. Sam was of the Baptist faith.

"3">Sam is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Cooper of the home; two

sons, Scott Cooper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Jason Cooper and

wife, Darla, of Goodman, Missouri; two daughters, Terri Albert and

fiancé, Darrell Paterson, of Grove, Oklahoma and Samantha Cooper

and fiancé, Jason Benjock, also of Grove, Oklahoma; five

grandchildren, Savanah Cooper, Shane Cooper, Drake Albert, Cristian

Albert and Ava Jane Benjock; his father, Allen Cooper of Grove,

Oklahoma; three brothers, Allen Cooper of Washington D.C., John

Cooper of Pryor, Oklahoma and Russ Cooper of Neosho, Missouri; five

sisters, Mary Lou Roark of Anderson, Missouri, Betty Edwards of

Bentonville, Arkansas, Melanie Witham of Southwest City, Missouri,

Dorlene Atkinson of Springfield, Missouri and Peggy Watts of

Anderson, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host

of other family and friends.

"3">Memorial services for Mr. Cooper were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July

21, 2011 at the New Life Fellowship Church in Anderson, Missouri

with Bro. Tom Ellis officiating. Military honors followed the

service at the church.

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"3">Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the

Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Missouri.