James E. Cooper
James Emmitt Cooper, Sr., age 77, of Kemp, TX, was born on March 14, 1945, to parents Emmett B. and Mildred (Baker) Cooper in Ennis, TX. James passed away at his home on September 10, 2022, in Kemp, TX.
James was a graduate of Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, TX. He met the love of his life, Nancy, whom he married on June 2, 1978, in Wylie, TX, and they shared 44 years together. James and Nancy were the owners of J&N Feed and Pets in Wylie, TX for 30 years before retiring and moving to Kemp.
Aside from his love and dedication to his family, James’ greatest passion was his Bantam chickens. Raising and showing chickens was a major part of his life since he was 7 years old, he was a lifetime member of the American Bantam Association and the American Poultry Association. James was a Licensed Poultry Judge for almost 60 years, as well as a Master Exhibitor and Master Breeder who won countless competitions at the Texas State Fair and all over the country.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett B., and Mildred Cooper; son, Alan Cooper; and brother, Barney Cooper.
James is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Donald Cooper of Dallas, TX, and James Cooper Jr. of Terrell, TX; daughters, Jennifer Dodd and husband Christopher Dodd of Tool, TX, and Kristi Cooper of Eustace; grandchildren, Donald Cooper of Kaufman, TX, James Spencer Cleary of Kemp, TX, Trinity Smith of Tool, TX, and Abby, Lydia, Jessica, and Gracie Cooper of Eustace, TX.
I would like to say that we are praying for peace for Mrs Nancy the family and offer condolences for Mr James passing.
At age 13 I got involved in selling chickens at a flea market with my friends Kasey and his dad Kenneth Dooly. They had brought up that back in the 80s Kenneth showed bantams . Intrigued I started asking questions. During the explanations of the hobby I received a name came up quite a few times and that names was Mr James Cooper. All I heard was how good his old English bantams were and how Kenneth went out and stayed a weekend in Texas and him and James went to a show together. So In my eyes that man was a legend. I took to the hobby and ran with it. Over time I got to meet James and even as an annoying kid with too many questions, he answered every one to the best of his ability and offered me any help I ever needed. Not many men of his name sake in the show world would be that kind.
The Doolys and I are now show partners. And Iv since become an Master Exhibitor and ABA Judge. I will be forever grateful for all the birds, Knowledge, and advice that Mr James passed along to me to help achieve those goals.
Peyton Igo - Igo&Dooly Bantams Sep 20 2022 10:07 PM
I personally would like to offer my condolences to the family for their loss. I think we could all agree that James was quite a character. My dad and I first became acquainted with James and Nancy some forty years ago. And it was always that- James and Nancy, showing chickens and operating the pet shop together in Wylie. After they moved to Kemp- we didn't get out there to visit as much as we should. Some of my earliest memories of showing include being at shows and watching James and Nancy prepare their birds for competition. In the last several years those memories are of James and Spencer working to get everything ready for the show. I will tell you for a fact that James truly enjoyed working with Spencer, and was very proud of him and his efforts. James really loved to talk about his birds. He wasn’t satisfied until you had looked at and discussed everyone of them. I have never meet anyone who could quote the Standard of Perfection with as much confidence and as well- as James. Right or wrong those discussions always encourage me to go home- get out my standard and check his accuracy. Those discussions helped me to improve as breeder, exhibitor and judge- I thank James for that.
James came to the show ready to compete and kick your butt in every class. It wasn’t that he didn’t like you- It was because of his passion and his competitive spirit. I was talking with Nancy the other day and she said something that stuck with me- James appreciate good competition- the better the competition- the better it made him. For those of us who are poultry enthusiast, I hope that we will pick up that passion from James and seek to better our birds and ourselves. Like so many of you I could tell stories all day, but time won’t allow. Rest in peace James…… You’ll be missed.
Craig Rounsaville Sep 16 2022 10:33 AM
When I first got into showing back in 1990,I had no idea that I would be in it this long, nor that I would ever start several shows including the show that I invited Mr James Cooper to come judge back in the late 90's,he definitely pulled the exhibors in for the West Alabama Poultry Club Show to date, on behalf of the West Alabama Poultry Club, Griffin Griffith Poultry Show, Dixie Pride and the West Alabama Classic, we offer our condolences, RIP my friend until we meet again, praying for each of you !!
David M Beams Sep 15 2022 1:53 PM
I remember the first time I went to Mr.Coopers one word comes to mind "Awards" every where high and low amazing. Over the years I purchased bb.red and silver duckwings which where the foundation of the best golden duckwings I would ever raise. The talks man i can't express how much I enjoyed them in person or via phone they would last hours. From poultry in general to things about life. One day I will be where you are and I will bring my best golden duckwings and give them bb.reds a challenge for that ultimate grand champion. Will miss you always.
Tommy Russell Sep 14 2022 4:21 PM
I have many wonderful memories made while visiting with Mr. Cooper through the years both at shows at the feed store in Wylie. Though I will have to say my best poultry education came while at his house going though his RI Reds. Invaluable advice and tips learned as he helped me select my start. He will be missed at the Poultry shows by many.
Greg Williams Sep 14 2022 12:40 PM
You will be missed Mr Cooper. I will see you again and we can have a chicken show up there
Jason Copass Sep 14 2022 12:11 PM
Amazing man and was always a pleasure being around.. Will be dearly missed, prayers to James, his family and his many friends… R.I.P Fly High James until we meet again
Jamie Sep 12 2022 7:18 PM
This man always had fun if there was a chicken show and he was there!! It did not matter if he was judging or showing or just came over to visit with friends! Andy and I will miss his sly grin and quick wit. RIP our friend… and if there are chicken shows in the sky we know you are already involved!
Darla and Andy Barnes Sep 12 2022 5:06 PM