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Summary: EULOGY for brother RANSOM COOPER. A sharp dresser and a good man!

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Evangelist Herman E. Wesley III

Brother Cooper’s Closet

Ephesians 6:13-19 NIV

The Homegoing Service for brother Ransom Cooper

Southside Church of Christ / Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

Evangelist Matthew Myles, Officiant

Evangelist Herman E. Wesley III, Eulogist

THE OCCASION

To the honorable minister of this church that I love so much, my friend and brother, Minister Matthew Myles Sr., the bereaved family, friends, deacons and members of the Southside Church of Christ, and the Gospel Satellites. We have come together on this day, again, to remember the life and legacy of one of our contemporaries. A great man. A loving husband. A devoted father. A thoughtful friend. Brother Ransom Cooper. I am humbled to have been asked to share some thoughts with you on this day. I want to read some words from the Bible, if that’s alright with you. In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, Ephesians chapter 6 at verse 13, the NIV Bible reads:

THE TEXT

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

INTRODUCTION

Without a doubt, anybody who ever came in contact with brother Ransom Cooper knew brother Cooper was a “dresser.” From my very first Sunday ministering at this church, back in 1996, I remember a sharp fellow, sitting right over there, who always looked like he had just stepped out of a clothing catalog. Many Sundays I would be compelled, before preaching, to simply ask brother Cooper to stand up so everybody could see how sharp he was. I ain’t gay, and I don’t have any feminine tendencies, Lord knows I don’t...but brother Cooper always looked good! You might as well say Amen! It was evident by the way he presented himself that he cared about how he looked, he cared about the impression he would make; and the way he dressed and the way he carried himself indicated that he had himself together! With that in mind, this afternoon, as we celebrate his life and times, I want you all to journey with me as we take a look into BROTHER COOPER’S CLOSET. Ya’ll don’t mind peeking into his closet with me, do you? I believe brother Cooper had three closets, and the first one I wanna take a peek in is his material closet.


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