Thomas William Cooper, Jr. 75

Thomas Cooper, formerly of Brady, died Saturday, June 7, at his home in Mansfield. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. June 12 at the Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield with burial to follow. He was the son of Thomas and Chellie Cooper, Sr. and was born in Rio Vista on Aug. 11, 1927. He attended elementary school in Katemcy, near his home on the Katemcy Ranch and in Mason. He attended high school in Brady and drove the Camp San Saba school bus during his junior and senior year. He was voted Outstanding Boy in both his junior and senior year and was a class officer his senior year. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the FFA, the BHS football team, and was a cheerleader. He won the first Steffins’ Singing Contest in 1946. He worked his way through Texas A&M, earning a mechanical engineering degree. He served with the 725th Ordinance Maintenance Company, 25th Infantry Division in Korea and received the Korean War medal with three battle stars. He worked for the Brady Aviation Corp. and later for Rocketdyne, Inc. in McGregor before moving to Mansfield to work for Dresser Industries. He held several design patents including one to cool oil-drilling bits. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Clara June, originally from Kingman, Ariz.; a son, Michael of North Richland Hills; two daughters, Tommye Helen Cooper of Ft. Worth and Marcia Harrison of Mansfield; four grandchildren, Christopher Cooper, Jessica Cooper, Alicia Finch, and Taylor Harrison. Also surviving are two brothers, Harold and Ricky, both of Grand Prairie; and two sisters, Marceile Smith of San Antonio and Edith Ann Clark of Itasca. Memorials should be sent to the Richards Memorial Library in Brady.

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