LEXINGTON— Services for Rev. Reuel Cooper, 78, were held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in First Baptist Church in Lex- ington with Rev. Bobby Thompson officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery near Lexington.
Rev. Cooper died Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Christus Dubuis Hospital in Bryan.
He was born
Oct. 5, 1933, in Waco to Roy Edgar and Frances (Stahl) Cooper.
Rev. Cooper graduated from Baylor in 1954 with a BA degree in religion and graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth in 1959.
He was the interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Dime Box for 14 years. He had also been a pastor at First Baptist Church in Lexington for 23 years.
Rev. Cooper was a retired lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves. He spent nine and a half years in active duty, serving as Army chaplain in Korea and Vietnam.
He was a member of the Lexington Rotary Club, Lexington Masonic Lodge No. 138, Lexington Eastern Star Chapter No. 996 and has served as a director with Lexington EMS.
On June 24, 1955, he married Lanelle Thompson in Azle Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Rev. Cooper was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Edgar Cooper Jr., in October 2010.
Survivors are his wife, Lanelle Cooper of Lexington; four sons, Reuel “Buddy” Cooper Jr. of Lexington, Thomas Edgar Cooper and wife Pam of Indianapolis, Indiana, Billy Wade Cooper and wife Nova of Bryan, Richard Russell Cooper of Lexington; and a brother, Carl L. Cooper of Houston; also, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Ivicic, Danny Ivicic, Jeff Ivicic, Randy Ivicic, Steven Ivicic, Jerramy Ivicic, Joey Ivicic and Marshall Ivicic.
Honorary pallbearers were Justin Ivicic, Jason Ivicic, Michael Ivicic, Scott Casey Ivicic, JR Ivicic.
Memorials may be made to Lexing ton EMS; Lexing ton Masonic Lodge No. 138 Scholarship Fund; Lexington Eastern Star No. 996 Scholarship Fund; or Southern Care Hospice, 3206 Longmire Dr., Suite C, College Station, TX 77845.