William Roland Cooper, Jr. (Bill), of Camden, Alabama lost a valiant battle to Alzheimer's on Thursday July 19, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home in Camden with Chaplain Riley Cooper and Reverend Chris Wells officiating and Dunklin and Daniels funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Bill was born in Selma, Alabama , on July 30, 1949, to Roland and Stella (Handly) Cooper. Bill spent his life living in Camden. Bill graduated from Wilcox County High School in 1967; then attended the University of Alabama, Patrick Henry Junior College, and Troy University. Through the years bill worked at the Wilcox county Board of Education, Alabama Tombigbee area Agency on Aging, Wilcox County Department of Human Resourced, D.J. Apparel, and Wilcox Whitetail Outfitters. Upon retirement, Bill ventured into the field of Deputy Game Warden and opened Wild Bill's Barbecue. Bill was a member of Camden Baptist Church; a lifetime member of the NRA, and a member of Dale Lodge #25.
Bill was a true outdoorsman. He loved to hunt deer, turkey, doves, ducks, and squirrels. He also enjoyed fishing, spending many weekends in his younger days participating in B.A.S.S. fishing tournaments throughout the state. He was a member of the 1980 Alabama State Team that traveled to Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Oklahoma to fish the National tournament. In addition to hunting and fishing, Bill enjoyed watching westerns, especially john Wayne westerns. He enjoyed country and western music. His favorite singer was Martina McBride. Many fun times were spent going to her concerts.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Roland Cooper, Sr. (1977); his mother, Stella Handly Cooper (1985); and his sister Judith (Judy) Cooper Shattuck (2107). He is survived by his loving wife, DeLaie Pugh Cooper; his sister Betty Cooper Matthews (George); his daughter, Courtney Cooper Beck; his sons, William R. Cooper, III, and Caleb Cooper; his grandchildren, James Anthony Beck, III (Trey) and Cooper Grace Beck; and a host of nieces and nephews.
There were many wonderful aspects of Bill's life, and in many ways he touched our lives. He will e remembered as a good husband and father, a wonderful brother, a great friend, a generous uncle, cousin outdoorsman, a poker player, collector, and a friendly face in town. In all these ways and more he made our lives richer and fuller.