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James Donald Cooper Memorial Band Fund

James Donald Cooper Memorial Band Fund 

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Delta State University mourns the loss of James Donald Cooper who passed away Saturday April, 15, 2017.

He was born October 17, 1941 to James Robert and Mildred Philley Cooper in Greenwood. He grew up in Drew where he graduated from Drew High School. He attended Delta State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1963 and a Masters of Education in 1968. He was the Band Director for West Tallahatchie School District for six years before beginning his career at Delta State University in 1969. He served as an Admissions Counselor, the Registrar, and Director of Admissions for the University. He retired from Delta State in 2001 and was bestowed the title of Registrar Emeritus. Until the fall of 2016 he had not missed a football game at Travis E. Parker Field at Horace L. McCool Stadium since it opened in 1970. He had attended every commencement since 1968 until December of 2016. James Donald had served as Master of Ceremonies for the Most Beautiful Pageants and Miss DSU Pageants for over 30 years. James Donald was elected as an Alderman for the Town of Boyle in 2009 and was elected Mayor in 2013. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 Years; Norma Vance Cooper, daughter; Mandy (Mark) Morse, son; Van (Christie) Cooper, three grandchildren; Emily and Clair Morse and Landry Cooper, and a sister, Mary Mildred Cooper Carver.

The family requests memorials be made to the James Donald Cooper Memorial Band Fund
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