Winfrey Jay, “Jay”, Coop

Winfrey Jay, “Jay”, Coop, of Raleigh, Ind., age 94, went home to be with his Lord suddenly on the 16th of November, 2011, at approximately 6 p.m. He was born in Peytonsburg, Ky. on March 12, 1917, to George “ Wint” Coop and Julia Hood Coop.

Jay moved to Indiana from Kentucky in the early 1940s and owned and operated his farm near Raleigh until he retired to Wildwood, Fla. in the late 70s. In 2001 he returned home to Indiana, and in recent years he resided with his wife and daughter at Flatrock River Lodge in Rushville, Ind. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Lewisville, Ind., and the 1st Assembly of God Church in Wildwood, Fla. He once said that “His reason to live was to raise his children and be with his family. Jay was known for his keen wit and his honesty. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and keyboard. In his last few years he devoted himself to caring for his wife, “Belle, the love of his life,” and daughter Teresa.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Agnes Belle, “Belle”, Groce Coop of Rushville, Ind.; and seven children, Bonnie (Ted) Meier of Bradenton, Fla., Madonna (Yuland) Baker of Greenwood, Ind., Karon (Paul) Rose of Richmond, Ind., Julia Wilson of New Castle, Ind., Cathy (Steve) Pauley of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Teresa Coop of Rushville, Ind., Timothy (Deann) Coop of Saint Petersburg, Fla. He leaves behind 22 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Jackie Coop; grandson, Mathew Coop; son-in-law, Max Wilson; seven sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville, Ind. Rev. Paul Rose will officiate. Burial will follow at the Raleigh Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

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