James Edward Cooper, 66, of Elgin passed away suddenly March 28, 2017 at Advocate Sherman Hospital. James was born April 17, 1950 in Crowder, MS the son of James and Willie Eva Twilley Cooper. He was the second child of 14 and was raised by his maternal grandparents, William and Thular Banks. James was a graduate of Hayti High School and attended the University of Missouri. He had been employed by Elgin Metal Casket Co. and had the honor helping build the casket for Presdient John F. Kennedy. He also worked at Burgess-Norton in Geneva. Inspired by his daughter, Tara, he pursued barber school, specializing in caring for the autistic community. He spent the last 20 years as a barber in Elgin with the Beautiful Gate Salon. James was the most selfless person, always caring for others. James was a well known and well loved member of the Elgin Community. He was one of Elgin’s oldest barbers.
He loved fishing, football and cooking for his family. He supported God’s Ministry Church in Carpentersville.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, son, Steve, daughters, Tina (Kevin), Tanya (Kurtis) and Tara, grandchildren, Cherish, Christopher and Cassidy, His mother, Willie Eva, 13 brothers and sisters, Hattie Cooper Scruggs, Mary Smith, Leo Twilley, Williem Dean Cage, Earl Lee Twilley, Beatrice Twilley, Jacqueline Twilley, Bobby Twilley, Billy Twilley, Blanche Twilley, Olive Marie Davis, Elizabeth Twilley and Bernard Twilley and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James, his grandparents, William and Thular Banks and a grandson, Craig
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 11:00 AM at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of the services in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family. For information call 847-742-2100 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
We will miss you dear dad, James, Mr. Coop. As James would say, “I’ll see you in a few”.