Paul Frank Cooper, 71, of Cisco passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at a Fort Worth hospital. Memorial services will be 10:00 AM Thursday at First United Methodist Church, officiated by Bishop Mike Lowry, under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday.
Paul was born in Topeka, Kansas on November 14, 1940 to Benjamin Comodore and Irene Rennie (Petty) Cooper. Paul, with his parents and siblings, lived in a number of small Oklahoma towns as his father followed the oil field, eventually settling in Haskell, Texas, where Paul graduated from high school. He continued his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Texas. He did postgraduate work and, upon his retirement, was recognized by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker, Emeritus.
Paul’s passion in life was helping children and youth in need. He pursued this calling through his work in a variety of settings — children’s homes, drug rehabilitation facilities, and, for the last decade of his working life, the Eastland County Probation Department. Paul practiced tough, unrelenting love, demanding much of those with whom he worked and mentored. Paul was loved by many, and even those whom life had toughened beyond their years, through Paul’s persistence and authenticity, grew to respect, trust and love him. Numerous adults, whom Paul mentored through childhood and adolescence, stayed in touch, letting Paul know in a variety of ways how much his refusal to give up on them had changed their lives. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Knight of Pythias. He was married to Doris Leech Cooper of Albany, who preceded him in death. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Reynolds on August 8, 2001 in San Angelo.