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2010-01-21 / Obituaries

Opalene Roberson Cooper

September 25, 1932 - January 8, 2010

Opalene Roberson Cooper was born on September 25, 1932 to Elmer Roberson Sr. and Paralee Stafford Roberson. She was the oldest daughter of fourteen children.

She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age, at Morning Star Baptist Church. She served as the church secretary for many years. She attended Doak Spring School until the eleventh grade, and accomplished obtaining her GED at the age of fifty-five.

Opalene united in Holy Matrimony with Melvin T. Cooper Sr. on February 3, 1950. This union was blessed with five beautiful children. She also raised Willie Gene Roberson and Joseph Fields as her own sons.

Opalene was a very dedicated housewife and mother for several years. After which, she then became employed with Wal-Mart, and later Wilkerson Home Heath Care.

On Friday, January 8, 2010, God answered her prayers to be with Him. She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin T. Cooper Sr,; daughter Ella Marie Cooper- Wilkerson; father Elmer Roberson Sr., mother Paralee Stafford Roberson; brothers Elmer Roberson Jr., Dellon Roberson, Q.C. Roberson, Forest Roberson, and Asberry Roberson; and sisters Velma Roberson- McCarthy and Betty Roberson-Nelson.

Left to cherish her legacy of love are: her daughter Darlene Cooper of Temple, Texas; sons Melvin T. Cooper Jr. of Temple, Texas, Marion Earl Cooper(Maxine) of Round Rock, Texas, and Karl L. Cooper of Arlington, Texas; two sisters Portia Evon Georgie of Baltimore, Maryland and Verlie Maxine Govan of Houston, Texas; four brothers Themotrice Roberson of Lincoln, Texas, Donald Roberson and Willie Gene Roberson both of Houston, and Glen Roberson of Pearland; ten grandchildren, thirteen greatgrandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

On January 13, 2010 a Life Celebration Service was held honoring the life of Opaline Cooper at Morning Star Baptist Church in Lincoln with Pastor Dave B. Young officiating. Evangelist Tammy Wilderson was the Eulogist. Burial followed in the Leo Cemetery in Lexington.

Serving as Pallbearers were Channing Roberson, Brandon Roberson, Barry Jackson, Gentry Cooper, Jr., Johnnie Cooper, and Tilone Cooper.

Honorary Pallbearers were: Byron Wilkerson, Donald Roberson, Larry Wilkerson, Sr., Willie Gene Roberson, Larry Wilkerson, Jr., Wilkerson, Jr., Themotrice Roberson, Glen Roberson, Todd Cooper and Ryan Cooper.

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