Samuel Cooper Jasper

Tupelo-Samuel Cooper Jasper, 5, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, July 17, 2009. Cooper was born on February 24, 2004 in Tupelo to James “J.J.” and Melanie Anderson Jasper. He was a K-4 student at Lakeview Baptist Academy in Tupelo. Cooper was one of the sweetest, kindest boys who ever lived, and he brought joy to everyone he met. He had an infectious smile, a passion for life and he loved his Momma, Daddy and sisters beyond measure. He earned a yellow belt in karate and played baseball. He loved animals, the outdoors and action super heroes. He asked Jesus to come into his heart November 17, 2008, and God is honoring His faithful promise to grant Cooper eternal life. Cooper and his family are members of Hope Church in Tupelo.

A Celebration of Cooper’s life will be at 11 AM Monday, July 20, 2009 at the Hope Church on McCullough Boulevard in Tupelo with Pastor Rob Garland, Bro. Sam Shaw and Bro. Kevin Mangum officiating. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2PM-5PM Sunday and from 10 AM-service time on Monday all at Hope Church. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his parents: J. J. and Melanie Jasper of Tupelo; his sisters: Lauren, Sadie and Maddie of the home. His grandparents: Alvah and Martha Jasper of Owensboro, KY., Kandi Anderson of Gulfport. His great grandparents: Lillian Doshier of Gulfport and Frank and Willene Anderson of Tampa, Fla. His aunts and uncles: Zach Anderson (Tiffany) of Tupelo, Kasie Ulmer (Jeremy) of Biloxi, Kelly Kothlow (Bruce) and Karen Dunlop (Gary) all of Owensboro, KY. and many wonderful cousins, extended family and friends and the AFA/AFR Radio family. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lowry Anderson and an uncle, Michael Jasper.

Pallbearers will be Greg Johnson, Clay Cruse, Zach Anderson, Durick Hayden, Jeremy Ulmer, Randall Murphree and Paul Gatewood. Honorary pallbearer will be Kenny Kessinger. .

Condolences may be e mailed to

Holland Funeral Directors
5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd.
Tupelo, MS. 38801
662 840 5000

Memorials may be made to American Family Association/American Family Radio, P. O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Condolences may be e mailed to

Holland Fun

  • Carol Downes

    J. J., Melanie, and the girls,
    I heard about Cooper yesterday. I had been away on a youth trip all last week and didn’t know til then. I immediately began praying for you. I have listened to you so much over the last few years. Actually saw you at an event one time. I have listened to your care and concern through encouragement through devotionals and through laughter. You’ve been there for us through the radio for years and it is my turn to encourage you. By no means can I ever begin to imagine what you are going through. Nothing I could say would even seem adequate. I thought about something I heard you day the other day. I heard you telling someone on the radio about a couple of weeks ago that Cooper thought you were going to bring back a saxophone from your trip and you were wondering why he thought it was like a Christmas present and not a souvenier that you would bring back. It made me start to think. I can imagine he is with the angels and maybe he is playing that saxophone along with their harps. Just knowing you and how you speak of your family, I know Cooper had such a wonderful life, even for such a short time. I will be continuing to pray for you all. May God hold on to you through this difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I was looking at my little note card on my desk and it says: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

    I just know in my soul that he was pure in heart and that he is seeing God. May God give you all the comfort, strength and grace to go forward in life.

    Love a caring listener!

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  • We are so very sorry to learn that you are separated from Cooper. The reunion will be glorious, but we know you are currently struggling with sorrow. We have been so blessed by your mother-in-law’s columns (Everyday Reflections by Kandi Anderson) in the SunHerald. Your loss and her inspired words have given us pause to reflect on what a wonderful privilege it is to enjoy the company of family and friends. We never know when God will call us home.

    We continue to pray for you and your family.

    Bryan and Karen Blakeney
    Gulfport, MS

  • tami jansen

    I just heard the last little bit about the flame on written on the hands of the palbearers and was so sad to miss the begining of the story but at the end i heard you say you hope we don`t get bored !!!Let me tell you I really turn you guys on now just to hear those!! i loved you two before but I live for ways and stories to share God as I am a hairdresser that got saved when i was 30 so I have many lost customers that need Jesus and i can tell them stories of others lives!!so share as you can and I am jsut sorry I can`t back it upa nd hear the whole story!! My daughter went from Dubuque iowa to TN for the same FLip conference your lauren was at~~it changed her worship!!praying for your family and sorry God is using your family in big ways for others!!

  • Vickie Grissom

    Dear JJ and Melanie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Cooper. Nothing I can say will ease your pain, but I know a loving Heavenly Father who knows the pain you are going through because He too lost His son, just for us. He loves you very much and is with you through all that you are facing each day. My prayers are with you so much.

  • carla vines

    jj and melanie,
    we have never met. but i listen to afr everday. jj, you and eric have been an inspiration to me. i wish i could help you at this time. my heart aches for you and your family. i know God is helping you and you are all in my prayers.

  • Sarah Powell

    Your loss is so great, but God’s love and healing are greater. You have blessed so many people through the radio station. May those blessings be multiplied back to you many times over. We are praying for the comfort and peace that only God can provide.

  • Marie Hellums

    JJ & Family,
    My heart still aches for you all. I have 5 children of my own and I cannot imagine your pain. I like so many others was in shock when I heard, wanted to write, but didn’t know what to say. Even though we have never met, we are your family. JJ, I have been listening to you for so long and have gone thru the births of all your children, the building of your house and so on. A week or so before this happend you were talking about fishing with your son in your pond and my immediate prayer was for the safety of your son around that pond. You and your family and everyone at AFR are always in our prayers. Love you and thank you for your faith in Christ. It really shines.

  • tabitha quillian

    this is almost two years later, but wanted to know that our God touched our family in the same way as yours. my newphew was russell bailey mcwhirter, the 8 yr old little boy that was taken Home the monday before your son. we have experienced that same grace and mercy extended to us from our Lord and savior. my husband is the pastor of endville baptist chrch in corner of pontotoc and lee county. our hearts share the same emotions, which now, heaven is a little different than ever before:)

  • I know from experience 2 years is not a long time for your Cooper to be with Jesus. My daughter, Tracie went home to Jesus. 04/06/96 even though I am a nurse and gave her CPR. On 06/13/07 my husband Jay died. He had COPD and had broke his hip a month earlier. I remarried in 09/21/09. When Tracie died and then Jay I felt so responsible since I was there. But then I learned that God knew the number of our days before we were born (Ps) and if they would have died those 2 days for it was their time. JJ you sent us a note and your tape World One Night Stand after Tracie died. You gave us laughter and comfort. I hope I have done the same here. Please don’t ever blame yourself for Cooper’s death. I aplogize for not seeing this sooner. You and your family are in my prayers. Hab. 3:18. Love in Christ, Sandy Gregory (formally Bray)

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