Laverne (Burks) Cooper
1935 - 2019
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A memorial service for Laverne Cooper, 84, of Tyler will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating.

Mrs. Cooper passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 in Tyler. She was born in Brachfield, Texas to Clyde and Sudie Mae Burks.

Laverne grew up in the Henderson area and was a Tyler resident for 60 years.

She excelled in office administration and worked for several Tyler area businesses, until finally starting her own business in ceramics. A talented artist, she created thousands of beautiful pieces for people to treasure.

Laverne was a life-long member of Green Acres, and taught 1st grade Sunday school there for 40 years. She loved music, singing in both the Celebration and Highest Praise choirs at Green Acres. She instilled that love of music in her family, teaching and playing piano along with several other instruments. Additionally, she volunteered for many groups and activities with her church, always willing to help anyone needing assistance. She was a former member of the Rose Garden Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Laverne was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Donald Cooper; her parents, Clyde and Sudie Mae Burks; sister, Gail Houghton Pinkerton of New Summerfield, Texas; brother, Robert Burks of Irving, Texas and brother, James Paul Burks. She is survived by her loving family including daughter, Denise Henry and son-in-law Euel Henry; daughter, Dedran Levy; granddaughter, Leigh Howard; grandson, Alex Womack; grandson and wife, Trent and Jenna Howard and great-grandchildren, Anne-Marie Howard, Owen and Grace Evans.

Honorary pallbearers will be Euel Henry, Dale Harrelson, Alex Womack and Trent Howard.

Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 followed immediately by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy, in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester Dr., Tyler, TX 75701.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 9, 2019.
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May 18, 2019
Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years.
May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.
May 16, 2019
So very sorry for the loss of this precious woman. I always remember her faithfully serving at Green Acres Baptist Church, singing in the choir, and her wonderful ceramics. I will let my parents know, and they will be deeply saddened.
May God give your family much comfort during the weeks ahead.
Celeste Kellam (Hand)
May 9, 2019
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