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Deacon Levon Cooper Jr.

September 22, 1950 — June 22, 2024

Celebration of Life Honoring Deacon Levon Cooper, Jr. Sunrise Sunset September 22,1950 June 22, 2024 Homegoing Services Viewing 10:00 a.m. July 6, 2024 @ 11:00 St. Elmo Baptist Church 14015 FM 969 Austin, Texas 78724 Rev. Lofton Levels, Sr., Pastor Levon was born on September 22nd, 1950 to Levon Cooper, Sr. and Savannah Bean of Minden, Louisiana and was called home on June 22nd, 2024. 

Levon was a faithful member of St. Elmo Baptist Church for the past 28 plus years and remained active until he was called home. He served as Deacon and worked in the church in many roles including Chairman of the Deacon Board, Finance Secretary, Brotherhood President, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, and served in any capacity needed by the church (jack of all trades). He served in the Manor Sub-District of the St. John Regular Baptist Association as Brotherhood President. Wherever his services were needed; he attempted to be there and answer the call to serve with excellence. Levon graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Houston (Studewood), TX. He served in the Vietnam War as a Marine corporal. Cpl Levon Cooper, Jr. was expected to demonstrate professionalism, maturity, and leadership. He returned to Houston after serving and moved to Austin in 1983. In 1985 he became an entrepreneur and began Cooper Courier Service serving the Austin/Metro area for over 35 plus years. Levon served the community of North Austin helping children develop life skills through youth sports. He began coaching with the Golden Eagles Youth Football League and went on to start his own organization Austin Ravens which included competitive cheerleading, football and basketball. Levon had a true love for the kids he mentored and helped them to see their potential to be great athletes and leaders. Levon was a member of the King Solomon Masonic Lodge No. 25 under the leadership of Bro. Donald Lee. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Levon Cooper, Sr. and Savannah Bean, his daughter Cordella Cooper, sister Ida Mae Odom, son James Ards, and brother James Cooper. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Donna of 28 years, his children Samuel Ards (Julie), Michelle Cooper-Thibodeaux (Patrick), Jessica Cooper-Jones (Reginald), Alisha Mackey (Ralph), Aurther Mackey (Karla), Andre Dyer, Danielle Smith (Leroy), Larry Smith (Joniqua), his beloved brother Clarence Cooper (Sandra) and sister Ann Lucas. He also leaves a host of grandchildren, great grands, nieces, nephews and bonus children that he loved on along the way. He was affectionately called Levon (Honey), Daddy, Uncle, Papa, Big Jr., Coach, Coop, Deacon. 

He was much to many, and a light in this world. 

Order of Service (To assist with making this a perfect celebration, please turn all cell phones off or put on the silent mode – Thank You) 

Officiating Reverend Lofton Levels, Sr. Processional Song of Consolation Bro. Markeith Bolden I’ll Fly Away Old Testament Scripture Rev. Aubrey Johnson New Testament Scripture Rev. Willie Routt Prayer of Comfort Apostle Jeffrey Boggas Song of Consolation Goodness of God Expressions of Love – Friends and Family (2 minutes please) Song of Praise I Will Bless the Lord at All Times Eulogy – Rev. Lofton Levels, Sr. Viewing – Funeral Director 

All Faiths Funeral Services Repast – John Hill Fellowship Hall “The Broken Chain” We little knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life, we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again. 

Active Pallbearers Sonny Davis Aurther Mackey Clarence Cooper Thomas Williams Jermaine Andrews John Keith Honorary Pallbearers Samuel Ards, Sr. Samuel Ards, Jr. Anthony Ards Patrick Thibodeaux Reginald Jones Ralph Cutten Kenneth Moore Carlos Chester Expressions of Gratitude 

A special thank you to St. Elmo Baptist Church and Christ Restoration Tabernacle for all your support over the years and during this time. We are appreciative beyond words for all the calls, text messages, cards, visits, meals and listening ears. You have been present during our deepest sadness, and your kindness will never be forgotten. Your prayers, kind words, and your love has given us strength and encouragement. Thank you to all the prayer warriors near and far that kept him lifted before God through all these years. Thank you, a thousand times, over to Levon’s nurses at Olin E. Teague Veteran’s Medical Center Cancer Clinic. A special thank you to Dr. Michael Burleigh. We cannot thank you enough for all the care, smiles and tears you have shared with him and us over the past 10 years, you will never be forgotten. We want to give a heartfelt Thank You to Brianna and All Faiths Funeral Service for the compassion and care you have extended. With Love, The Family of Levon Cooper, Jr 

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