Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher

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The angelic hosts came for Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher, 61, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Fairview Healthcare Center in Fairfield, among loving family and devoted friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 16 at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. during the wake service.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 303 South Mount St. in Fairfield. Rev. Darrell Houston, pastor of St. Luke and Mt. Vernon United Methodist Churches, Houston, is officiating and Bishop Sam Cumby, pastor of Behind the Veil in Fairfield, and will serve as eulogist. Interment will take place at Fairfield Baptist Cemetery in Fairfield.

Mary Alice Cooper Hatcher was born on Jan. 24, 1952 in Fairfield. She was the second child born to Frank and Annie Lee Turner Cooper.

Her parents and oldest brother, Joe Frank Cooper, preceded her in death.

Born in a devout Christian home, at an early age Mary was baptized at Fairfield Baptist Church where she served as a faithful member for many years under the leadership of Rev. William Johnson Jr.

As a member of Fairfield Baptist Church, Mary served in the following areas: Women’s Sunday School teacher, choir president, finance secretary and youth sponsor. Mary attended Dogan Elementary and Junior High School and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1970.

After graduating high school, Mary attended Bishop College in Dallas, majoring in sociology with a minor in gerontology. Mary graduated from Bishop College in three years, receiving a bachelor of arts degree.

For graduate studies, she matriculated at Stephen F. Austin University. In the spring of 1972,
Mary joined the sisterhood of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She was very active with this chapter. She inspired others to become a Zeta Phi Beta soror.
Mary’s career began at a major transportation company in Dallas where she worked as an administrative assistant. In 1975 her job moved her to Houston. She subsequently returned to Fairfield, where her career continued in Freestone County.

She worked as an administrative clerk for the Freestone County Extension Service. Later, she was employed with the Freestone County tax office. In 1985, Mary moved to Longview. She was employed there with the City of Longview Housing Authority. She moved back to Fairfield in the summer of 1992.

The next chapter in Mary’s professional career took her to the Heart of Texas MHMR Services in Limestone County as an MHMR case manager for seven years. After leaving H.O.T. in Mexia, Mary worked for both Limestone and Freestone county Adult Probation offices. She was employed as a probation officer and community supervision officer for more than 10 years.
At the time of her transition, Mary was a faithful member at Behind the Veil Worship Center, where Bishop Sam Cumby is pastor. She served as the Women’s Auxiliary teacher.

Mary’s hobbies included playing bingo at the VFW, playing the lottery at Rob’s, attending her grandchildren’s school and sports activities, and hosting the Cooper-Thomas Family Reunion.

She leaves to celebrate her life: her caring and loving daughter, Sonya Gibson and husband Gregory, Fairfield; her strong and devoted son, LaMarcus Jody Walker and wife Natasha, Fairfield; one brother, Bobby Cooper and wife Kay, Fairfield; her grandchildren, Jerregan “Jay” Brown, Jermaca Brown, Gelisa Gibson, Jordan Gibson, Jadyn Walker, Ellis Walker and Le’Dhareus Freeman; one great grandchild, Tristan Gibson; many devoted cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of other loving family and friends.

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home will be serving the Cooper Family.

Visit mooresangelic funeralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.