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Bishop Thomas L. Cooper

January 18, 1929 April 23, 2019
Bishop Thomas  L.  Cooper
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Obituary for Bishop Thomas L. Cooper

Remembering the Life of
Bishop Thomas Lee Cooper

Bishop Thomas Lee Cooper was born on January 18, 1929 in Brownsville, Tennessee to the union of Herbert Lee Cooper and Sadie (Bond) Cooper.  He was the grandchild of Noah and Dora Cole Cooper and Charlie and Susie Hyman-Bond. After the birth of his brother, Charlie, the family moved to Decatur, Illinois.

 He attended Mary W. French, where he played basketball and was the captain of the team and leading scorer. Not too long after coming to Decatur, his sister, Regina Grace was born.  Then four years later, Sandra Yvonne was born.

Bishop Cooper was always a hard worker. He worked construction before going to A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company, where he retired after working there 36 years. Bishop Cooper met and married the love of his life, Willie Faye Frazier in July of 1949 at the Church of God on Jackson St.  To this union, three children were born: Tyrone Power Cooper, Dennis Ralph Cooper and Susan Shena Cooper.

They later became charter members under the leadership of Elder Fred Hollingshed and First Lady Bessie Hollingshed.  Through hard work and dedication, Bishop would become a deacon and he and the other charter members would sign to purchase the land to build a new church building at 333 South Broadway.He worked in all aspects of the church, including usher, gospel chorus, chairman of the deacon board and Sunday school and training union treasurer.  

It was not long before Bishop Cooper announced his call into the ministry. He graduated from the United Theological Seminary. He later became an Elder and in 1967 was assigned to Maywood, Illinois where he started the COTLG, PGT church. He and his family traveled to Maywood every Sunday morning for 2 ½ years.  Elder Ed Mitchell and his wife, Deacon James and Nan Lee and their families, along with Bishop’s sister, Regina, were there to greet the Cooper family every Sunday.

In September, 1969, Bishop Cooper had a vision to start a new church in Decatur, which would become Temple #2 at 1003 W. Macon Street.  His wife, Faye, served right by his side, until she passed away in 1986.

In Houston, Texas, at the National Assembly of the Church of the Living God PGT in 1990 (75th Jubilee Year) he was elevated to the office of Bishop.  In October 2001, at the National Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas he was appointed to serve as Diocese #3 President (Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, and Indiana).  He served as the pastor, leader and teacher at Temple #2 for 44 years. He was also active in the community, participating in the NAACP, ministerial alliance, voter registration and MLK Day parade.He retired in 2013 from pastoring.

He was dedicated to God, family and church. He was known as a man of integrity and a giver, who fed the hungry and clothed the needy with a sense of mission.


Bishop leaves to cherish his memories: Children:  Overseer Tyrone P. Cooper; Dennis R. (Virginia) Cooper both Decatur, Illinois; Susan Shena (Ronald) Giboney, Atlanta, Georgia.

Grandchildren:  Marcus Cooper-Randle, Jermaine (Lanya) Cooper, Joshua Cooper, Dr. Loren-Ashley Williams, Michele R. Cooper, Alicia T. Cooper, Shawnn Q-D (Jessica) Cooper, CJ Blakey, Jr., Candace Blakey, Justin (Sumhr) Giboney, Porsche Giboney.

Great-Grandkids:  Maximus, Aaliyah, Juliana, Destiny, Amya, Makayla, London, Aiden, Azai, Gabriella, Linneah, Solomon, Carson, Cooper and Chase

Siblings:  Regina G. Cooper, Decatur, Illinois, Charles M. Cooper, Cypress, Texas and Sandra Y. Joyner of Decatur, Illinois.

Special God Child:  Amia Nicole Taylor, Decatur, Illinois

Special Friends:  Bishop Calvin Peppers, Decatur, Illinois and Overseer Thomas Walker, Decatur, Illinois                      

Host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, friends, and loving church family and entire PGT-Nation.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

2

May

4:00 PM 5/2/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/2/2019 7:00:00 PM
Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #1

1915 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Decatur, IL 62526

Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #1
1915 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Decatur 62526 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

3

May

10:00 AM 5/3/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #3

1762 East Prairie Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #3
1762 East Prairie Street Decatur 62521 IL
United States

Service

Friday

3

May

11:00 AM 5/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #3

1762 East Prairie Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Church of the Living God P.G.T. Temple #3
1762 East Prairie Street Decatur 62521 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Greenwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

606 South Church Street
Decatur, IL 62523

606 South Church Street Decatur 62523 IL
United States
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