James Monroe Cooper a lifelong resident of Jacksonville passed away peacefully from this life January 10, 2022 while holding the hand of his wife. James was the eldest son of James and Norma Cooper and was raised in the Oceanway Community. He worked as an Industrial Sandblaster & Painter for 17 years until he felt a calling to try something new. He moved to Dinsmore, bought an old used Dump Truck and began his dream job, hauling dirt and was still enjoying it 22 years later. He developed into a man that loved being in the woods, planting trees, capturing the wildlife on camera, a man born to be outside, with happy times on the mower, tractor, backhoe, etc. If not on the equipment, he would be in the garage fabricating something to put on the equipment. He loved to tinker, work on cars, build mud trucks and make things work. Always game for the next project. He was quick to lend a hand to friends, family or someone he just met and expected nothing in return. He believed in paying it forward and being a good neighbor. He was a genuine, caring, kind man with a huge heart and had earned the respect of many. He will be greatly, greatly missed. James is predeceased by both of his parents and 2 brothers William Cooper & Harry Cooper. James is survived by the love of his life and partner for 42 years, his wife Debra; his brother Eric Cooper (Susan); his nieces April Cooper & Erica Cooper. At James’ request no service will be pending. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you do a Random Act of Kindness, Pay It Forward. Make it a habit, a way of life.
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