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“Such a lovely woman, she will be missed. ”
1 of 59 | Posted by: Kathy Prado - Grapevine, TX

“Mrs. Cooper was not just an amazing teacher, she was an amazing and caring person. My father died right before I started my senior year at Atkins...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Tamee Young Runion - Russellville, AR

“Beth was one of the very first friends we had upon arriving in Arkansas. The adventures of Beth and D'Anne in those early years were legendary. I...Read More »
3 of 59 | Posted by: Gary Barrow - Russellville, AR

“It is so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. -John SteinbeckWhat a loss for family, friends, students...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: Kristy Williams

“Sorry to hear of Beth's passing. She was a sweet lady. ”
5 of 59 | Posted by: Pamela Cook Rainard - VA

“Mrs. Cooper was a great teacher. I was a student of hers while I was in high school at Atkins (1982)My sincerest condolences to her family.God speed...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: Edward Wright - Russellville, AR

“Beth was a shining star in education. Her positiveness and willingness to assist everyone is her legacy. I will personally miss her saying "Morning...Read More »
7 of 59 | Posted by: James Foster - Friend

“I am so sorry for this loss. I will always remember her kindness and cheerful greeting to our class, "good morning glories!" ”
8 of 59 | Posted by: - AR - student

“My deepest sympathies to the Cooper family. Beth showed love to all she knew, and she will be sincerely missed. ”
9 of 59 | Posted by: Caitlin Yowell - Friend

“Derick and Mindy,Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. We hope your wonderful memories of her will bring you peace and comfort. Your...Read More »
10 of 59 | Posted by: Tanya Hammock - Springdale, AR

“So sorry to hear of Beth's passing. She will be missed! My parents loved her very much! ”
11 of 59 | Posted by: Pat (Hice) Campbell - Littleton, CO

“This was a shock & so very sad. I remember Beth & Roy working together with the Interact kids for the Downtown Rotary Club. She was just one very...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Val Fisher - Dover, AR - Friend

“I never had her as my teacher when I was there, but I could see how much she loved helping us students. She will be missed. ”
13 of 59 | Posted by: Shandi Crabill - Lamar, AR

“Mrs. Cooper was so encouraging to me as a student and was absolutely my favorite teacher in high school. She cared deeply about her students and I...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: Casey Pearce - Jonesboro, AR

“I am so sorry to hear that Beth passed. Whenever I heard the name, Beth Cooper,I always remembered how thoughtful and helpful she was to me. She was...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Scott Glasgow - Pottsville, AR

“It's been many years since we have spoken but your kindness has always and will always remain with me. I hope that reading about all the people you...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Sarah Green - Fayetteville, AR

“Jeannie and I are keeping precious memories! We praying that you will find the peace that passes all understanding! ”
17 of 59 | Posted by: Chuck Richardson - Russellville, AR

“Beth was a friend I met in high school, we were both members of the band. She was a positive influence. My deepest sorrow to Beth's family. I am so...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Sohnnie Bates Henley - NY

“Beth was precious in the eyes of not only her friends but in the sight of her Lord. She loved her students and it showed from the respect they gave...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: Cyndi Asher - Nacogdoches, TX

“Beth was such a sweet lady! My thoughts and prayers go out to Hal and family. ”
20 of 59 | Posted by: Pat Brewer - classmate

“Beth was an incredible person, loving, kind, always supportive and encouraging with her students, a great teacher and great friend. What a loss for...Read More »
21 of 59 | Posted by: Terri McCraw - Russellville, AR

“I always think of Beth and the El Dorado High School Band. She was such an inspiration to all of us younger band members. May the peace of God be...Read More »
22 of 59 | Posted by: Tracie Bidwell Ellerman - Ruston, LA

“Mrs. Cooper gave me, The Why me, Lord award for giving your young teacher gray hair. I thank the Lord I had her as my teacher. She gave me the...Read More »
23 of 59 | Posted by: Jim Reynolds - Greenwood, AR

“Mrs. Cooper taught me so much more in the classroom than just English. She taught me how to be compassionate for others while doing something I love,...Read More »
24 of 59 | Posted by: Sierra Dunn - Arkadelphia, AR

“Mrs. Cooper taught me so much more in the classroom than just English. She taught me how to be compassionate for others while doing something I love,...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Sierra Dunn - Arkadelphia, AR

“Few people really mold you and make you smarter and a truly better person. She was and is a shining light of education, kindness , and humanity. ...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: Tony Ehemann - Dallas, TX

“Praying for all. Beth was a lovely person, so sorry for your loss. ”
27 of 59 | Posted by: Anna Morrow Canterbur - El Dorado, AR

“We are so sorry Hal, Clay & Mindy,,, Beth was a sweetheart EVERYONE Loved her,, her gentle soul her kindness her Love for life and friends was so...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Rick and Floy Lumpkin - Friend

“What a truly wonderful, kind person. Beth was beautiful both inside and out.She will be missed. ”
29 of 59 | Posted by: Kathy Prado - Grapevine7, TX

“She was and always will be a great woman..i remember her when i was in school..she always was smiling and had a great personality i loved her she was...Read More »
30 of 59 | Posted by: Ciera Coffren - Russellville, AR

“Thoughts of love, and cherished memories be with you all, dear Cooper family. I wish you peace and strength in this trying time. What a blessing...Read More »
31 of 59 | Posted by: Patrick Casey - Friend

“You were a great educator and friend. I'll miss you. Send comfort from above to Hall and your children. ”
32 of 59 | Posted by: lou ann anders - russellville, AR

“Cant imagine losing a soulmate. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Beth will be missed. ”
33 of 59 | Posted by: Jonathan and Kristen Joyner - NC

“Hal and Hal Jr.You and your family are close to our hearts and in our prayers. So sorry. . .Bob & Pat Brooks ”
34 of 59 | Posted by: Bob Brooks - Selmer, TN - Friend

“Our sincerest prayers and condolences to Hal and the Cooper family at this time. ”
35 of 59 | Posted by: Paul and Suzy Koesy - Little Rock, AR

“My sincerest sympathy to you Hal and your family. May God bless and keep you. ”
36 of 59 | Posted by: Linda Davis - Euless, TX - friend

“Such a beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers with you all. ”
37 of 59 | Posted by: prissy Buchanan - Ft. Smith, AR

“So very sorry for your loss. Beth was such a lovely person. ”
38 of 59 | Posted by: Mike McLarty - SALT LAKE CITY, UT

“So sorry for your loss, I will be praying for your family, ”
39 of 59 | Posted by: Michael Ridgway - Cabot, AR

“Our prayers and thoughts are with Beth's friends and family. Besides the myriad band classes, practices, trips and other activities we shared, Beth...Read More »
40 of 59 | Posted by: Russell Johnson - Magnolia, AR

“Sorry for your loss! Mrs. Cooper was a caring, helpful teacher at Atkins High. She will be missed! ”
41 of 59 | Posted by: Tara Canada Hollingsworth - AR

“My deepest sympathy to you Hal and the family Beth was one fine person and educator She is now in Gods hands ”
42 of 59 | Posted by: Margaret Dodson - Friend

“Condolences to the Cooper/Parsons family. May God give you comfort and strength in your time of need. Look to the hills for strength. ”
43 of 59 | Posted by: Olivia Frazier Kerr - Carrollton, TX

“So sorry for the loss of Mrs. Cooper. My thoughts and prayers extended, God bless. ”
44 of 59 | Posted by: George Pokorski Olive branch, MS

“So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the families. ”
45 of 59 | Posted by: Cindy Woolsey - El Dorado, AR

“Mrs. Cooper-- what an astounding lady. She truly taught me more than just English, she taught me about being a strong woman. She was witty, she was...Read More »
46 of 59 | Posted by: Mia Montgomery - Oklahoma City, OK

“Hal and Hal Jr., Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I understand how you feel. Better times and many positive memories will help you...Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Marty Martin - Hamburg, AR

“Clay and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Beth was obviously a remarkable woman who lived an extraordinary life and was loved by many. You...Read More »
48 of 59 | Posted by: Terri Benear - Oklahoma City, OK

“I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Cooper. She was one of the sweetest and kindest teachers I ever had. May God bless you all. ”
49 of 59 | Posted by: Stacey Greer - Atkins, AR

“Such a great person. She was kind and funny and I always enjoyed her classes. ”
50 of 59 | Posted by: Bill Sims - Russellville, AR

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Cooper. She was such a caring teacher. My son, Landen, has fond memories of her. Prayers for the family. ”
51 of 59 | Posted by: Nancy Cummings - Russellville, AR

“Suspect I was in one of her first classes in Atkins. I remember her smile and her obvious joy teaching especially poetry & literature, if I...Read More »
52 of 59 | Posted by: Christina Ehemann - student

“Mrs.Cooper has a special place in my heart. I will never forget her caring grace. When the world seemed dark, you became my light. Prayers sent to...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Heather Meeks - Russellville, AR

“Beth was a wonderful lady, teacher, and friend she will be greatly missed ”
54 of 59 | Posted by: Regina Larabee - Russellville, AR

“We extend to you our sincere sympathy in your loss of Beth. Our thoughts and prayer are with you. ”
55 of 59 | Posted by: Leon & Alma Goff - Mount Pleasant, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
56 of 59 | Posted by: Kent and Kimberly Steed - Tomball, TX

“I have to say, this really is especially sad for me. I have been tremendously blessed in my life to have had some really good teachers who really...Read More »
57 of 59 | Posted by: Matt wilkins - little rock, AR

“Beth was an inspiration to me and a mentor to my daughters Her legacy lives through the people she taught ”
58 of 59 | Posted by: Jessica Walker - friend

“Our prayers go out to Hal, Clay, Mindy, family. Beth was my dear colleague. There are so many attributes of her that made her special; I especially...Read More »
59 of 59 | Posted by: Jan (&Sharon) Tuttle - Pottsville, AR


Beth Cooper, age 59, of Russellville, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born on June 24, 1958, to Donovan and Mary Parsons.

She was a member of the East Side Church of Christ and Downtown Rotary. She received her bachelor's degree from Southern Arkansas University, her master's degree from Arkansas Tech, and did an additional summer study at Christ's Church in Oxford, England. She had a passion for traveling, reading, and education, teaching English for 37 years at both Atkins and Russellville High Schools with the last ten years being department head of English. Beth was very happy sponsoring the Rotary Interact group and giving back to her community.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Parsons.

Survivors include her husband, Hal Cooper Sr., of Russellville; a son, Clayton Cooper of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a daughter and son-in-law, Mindy and Derick Echols of Fayetteville; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Hal Jr. and Tracy Cooper of Russellville, and Lee and Sherri Cooper of Bentonville; her father, Donovan Parsons Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Jill Parsons of Houston, Texas, and Cabot and Melanie Parsons of Brooklyn, New York; a sister-in-law and her husband, Rita and Barry Whetstein of Ashdown; four nephews, Mark and Ashley Parsons, Reid Parsons, Cole Parsons, and Brian Whetstein; and two step-grandchildren, Chase and Sarah Cooper.

The funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center at Russellville High School with Mr. Jeff Asher officiating. Burial will be private and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Honorary Pallbearers are the past and present faculty and students at Russellville High School, members of the Downtown Rotary, and members of the East Side Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Downtown Rotary, P.O. Box 309, Russellville, Arkansas 72811.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.

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