Coach Helm Hobbs Cooper, Jr. is dancing the streets of gold with his Savior, Jesus Christ. He entered Heaven peacefully on Saturday, July 7, 2018 with his devoted wife, Dottie by his side. Helm was born in Atlanta, GA on December 3, 1940 to Helm H. and Onita Joseph Cooper.
Helm graduated from Columbia Military Academy and attended several colleges before finally obtaining his degree in 1972 from Hendrix at the age of 32. He worked as a salesman for several food companies before beginning his 35 year teaching and coaching career. He taught Biology and coached at Jacksonville Northside Jr. High, Mayflower, Conway High and coached 7th grade football at Bob Courtway. After retiring in 2007 he was a volunteer football coach at Conway Christian. For over 20 years he worked during the summer at Half Hitch Tackle in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Coach was a very loving and outgoing man and never met a stranger. Everywhere he went there was someone who knew him. His joy was making people laugh and sitting on his front porch visiting. Helm was very spiritual and always put the Man Upstairs first in his life. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Waiting to join him one day is his devoted wife of 55 years, who never left his side, Dorothy ''Dottie'' Broome Cooper, his children; Helm Hobbs ''Buster'' Cooper, III, Kelly Louise Simmons (Woody), Hugh Joseph Cooper (Nicole) and Ronnie Paul Cooper, his grandchildren; Cassie, Savannah and Drake Cooper, Holly (Hunter) Schroeder, Jordan and Carson Simmons, Cecilia and Anderson Cooper and Emma Cooper, his great grandchildren; Cooper and Hadley Schroeder, his sister; Gail (John) Carver and two special ladies, Valerie Cooper and Rebecca Cooper. He leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, countless friends and former students.
As Coach requested, he was cremated and asked that you not mourn for him but rejoice and be happy. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 7:00PM. He wanted no flowers but Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment. www.sjse.org or mail to 1315 College Ave., Conway, AR 72034