JOPLIN, Mo. —
Jerry Leon (Tony) Cooper, age 74, of Joplin, passed away at his home at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
Born Oct. 6, 1938, in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late Jimmy Leon Cooper and Thelma Juanita Williams Cooper and lived in Tulsa until moving to Joplin in 1987. A talented vocalist, he performed under the name of Tony Ringo. He was in a band in high school and also worked at a Claremore radio station. He formed a band while stationed in Japan, later performing at the Tulsa Country Club and at other venues. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
His wife, Freddie A. Wheeler Cooper, who he married Aug. 2, 1986 in Noel, Mo., survives.
Additional survivors include three sons, Raymond Cooper, of Tennessee, Tony Cooper and Toby Cooper, of Terlton, Okla.; two daughters, Johnetta Cooper, of Welch, Okla., and Tori Rubidoux and husband, Shawn, of Tulsa; stepdaughters, Tony Teeter and husband, James, of Claremore, Terri Whitmore and husband, Bill, of Tulsa, and Sherry Codner and husband, Mark, of Madill, Okla.; his mother, Thelma Hoggatt, of Bixby, Okla.; two brothers, Tom Huff and wife, Andrea and Bob Huff, all of Bixby; two sisters, Margaret Giles and Joyce Fairlie and husband, Mark, all of Tulsa; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Jenson Whitmore.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery with Chaplain Tom Maples officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to Giselle Scott with Oxford Home Health.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com