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Aquilla Cooper

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Aquilla Cooper of Pacific and formerly of Bernie, the daughter of the late P.A. Stocks and Rosa Belle Gulledge Stocks, was born at Malden on Oct. 12, 1910 and died in the Des Peres Hospital at St. Louis on Oct. 13, 2001, at the age of 91. She was united in marriage to Norvel S. Cooper at Bloomfield on March 10, 1928. To this union five children were born. Mr. Cooper preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 1981. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Howard Ray Cooper on July 5, 1991; by two brothers, Elvin Stocks and Alfred Stocks; by five sisters, Baby Stocks at infancy, Cleoria Roark, Gertie Pyle, Millie Blades and Ethel Stocks. Mrs. Cooper worked as a clerk in grocery stores in Malden and Bernie for 26 years and was a member of the Lone Oak General Baptist Church in rural Malden for more than 50 years. During that time she taught the Ladies Bible Class and was a faithful singer in the choir. She is survived by three daughters, Doris F. and husband Gene Cavin of Jefferson, Wis., Lois and husband Gary Creg of St. Louis, and Connie and husband Harlan Gist of Pacific, Mo.; by two sons, James Verlon and wife Martha Cooper of Collierville, Tenn. and Howard L. and wife Cathy Cooper of Bernie; by one sister, Thelma Russell of Malden; by 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; by several nieces and nephews. Also a host of other relatives and many friends. Visitation was held at the Rainey Funeral Home in Bernie on Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 from 5 - 8 p.m. Funeral services were conducted in the Rainey Chapel in Bernie on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2001 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Donald Lee Cooper officiating. Interment followed in the Bernie Cemetery with Rainey Funeral Home of Bernie in charge of all arrangements. PAID

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