Freddie Lee Cooper

Freddie Lee Cooper, 64, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Fayetteville.  He was born September 12, 1955 in Ada, Oklahoma to Betty Nelson.  He is preceded by his parents, Fred and Lois Cooper and his grandfather, Lee H. Cooper.  Freddie was a Marine Corp veteran, and was a professional and passionate musician.  He worked throughout his life as a journalist with various media outlets.  He was an accomplished artist and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Cooper; three daughters, Jill Marquit, Autumn Hopkins, Sarah Penner; honorary daughters, Joanna Smith, Natalie Dylan-Jones; five brothers, two sisters, and five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Freddie’s life will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Spirit of Harmony, an organization that puts refurbished instruments into the hands of young people.  Donations may be made via PayPal at spiritofharmony.org or by check.  Please designate in memory of Fred Cooper.

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Tara Kieschnick
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Tara Kieschnick

Fred sounds like a wonderful guy—wish I had met him. So very sorry for your loss.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Thank you, Tara. He was both talented and personable. You would have liked him.

Sandra Ferguson
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Sandra Ferguson

Fred was a dear cousin. I treasure memories of the time I spent with him. He so obviously adored you, Rita. I hold him in my heart.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

I treasure those memories as well. He admired you as well, dearest cousin! The love remains.

Travis King
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Travis King

Fred was a great guy, and every one who knew him will miss him. I really enjoyed jammin’ with him. He was a great guitar player.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Thank you, my friend, for your kind words. He thought a lot of you as well. “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them….”

Barbara Goodman
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Barbara Goodman

My sincere condolences Rita to you and his family.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Thank you, Barbara. I know you understand. Blessings to you and yours.

Teresa Phillips
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Teresa Phillips

You will always be in my heart. Love you my friend!

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Aren’t the twists and turns of life both strange and amazing? He thought so much of your Mom. You are welcome anytime, my friend. The invitation still stands.

Louanna Frank
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Louanna Frank

Rita I am so sorry of the loss of your sweet love of your life. We wish we had been able to meet him. Love you dearly, praying for your healing. Bill and Louanna Frank.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Thank you, dear lady, for your faithful friendship and caring.

Natcharee
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Natcharee

I will never going to forget Mr. Cooper loving ways toward his beautiful lady, Rita. I had the pleasure of hosted their several stay for several days at a time st my Bed & Breakfast. I witnessed a true gentleman cherished his wife Mrs. Rita Cooper. He was a joyful man with many stories and was a veteran like my dad. One visit t hff ey arrived early and was comfortable at my front porch. Fred was playing his guitar while Rita was knitting and they even have the spread of wine and cheese. I am deeply sorry for your… Read more »

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Natcheree, Thank you for your sweet words and remembrance. Fred found your lovely B&B for us and you made us feel so at home. Those are good memories. He loved hearing you talk about your father. Thank you for your warm and welcoming spirit! Your presentation was one of the best I’ve ever seen and your meals were savory works of art. Those are some very precious memories. I’m so glad our paths crossed!

Donna Smith
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Donna Smith

I will never forget Fred singing and playing his guitar at Joanna and Blair’s wedding. It was a wonderful surprise! I am so sorry for your loss Rita.

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

That was his blessing on them. I always said he did that song better than Chesney. So glad we were a part of their special day and their lives. Thank you, Donna.

Paul Gilson
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Paul Gilson

Fred and I met about 3 years ago through a mutual friend on Facebook. We never met in person, but became fast friends having alot in common with our music, our love for our Country, and love for our families and Military. We would text each other at night, or call each other. He was always there for me in the happy times, and the really bad times when I had a string of deaths in my family starting with my oldest son. We were modern day pen pals, Fred and I. Talking from the heart with each other about… Read more »

Rita Cooper
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Rita Cooper

Thank you for your kind words, Paul. I know he also valued his friendship with you. Once a marine, always a marine! In the words of my late mother “There’s nothing like good friends”. I know you’ll miss him. Thank you.

robert deboo
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robert deboo

B.j. was my friend and brother for many years, miss him greatly. Wishing you comfort and peace of mind in this very trying time miss rita.

Mark Bergthold, Rita’s cousin
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Mark Bergthold, Rita’s cousin

Rita visited us in CA in early 2016 and I played tour guide for a week. We went all over SoCal, Big Sur, and stayed with a 2nd cousin in Clovis she had not met before. As she shared her relationship with Fred, I encouraged her follow her heart and to marry. I’m glad she did. I wish I had met him during our trip to Siloam last year.