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Kobe Jay Cooper

July 19, 2000 ~ June 19, 2020 (age 19)


Kobe Jay Cooper, 19 of Aberdeen, North Carolina passed on Friday, June 19, 2020. 

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7PM on Wednesday, June, 24th 2020 at Whitehead Funeral Services and Cremation in Carthage, Mississippi. A private family committal will be held in the New Hymn Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Pinola, Mississippi.

Kobe was born July 19, 2000 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a 2018 graduate of the Leake Central High School in Carthage, Mississippi where he played Football and was a member of the gifted class.  After graduation he attended summer and fall session at Mississippi Valley State University before transferring to Sandhills Community College. His plans were to later transfer to NC State to finish his schooling and later after graduating pursue a job as a sports coach.  He was an avid chess player, video gamer, collector of shoes, enjoyed a good hamburger, sports enthusiast, lover of his Uncle Silas’ car collection, and could tell you every sport statistic no matter which sport it was and he was a believer in God.  He loved the NBA and was a huge New Orleans Saints fan. He was funny, caring, never met a stranger and the most loving friend, son, brother, nephew, and grandson. 

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Kimsey Bailey of Aberdeen; his sister, Kimsey Cooper of Aberdeen; grandmother, Helen McIntosh O’Neal of Carthage, MS; four  uncles, Silas O’Neal, Jr. of Alexandria, LA; Byron O’Neal of Alexandria, LA; Mark Bailey and wife Rosa of Cleveland, OH; Tyrone Bailey and wife Monteager of Atlanta, Ga; and many other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Silas O’Neal, Sr. 

Memorials may be made in his name to a scholarship fund that will be established at the Leake Central High School at a later date. 

On line condolences may be made to  and  The wake and gravesite visitation will be available on Facebook Live on Whitehead Funeral and Cremation services page 

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines, NC and Whitehead Funeral Service and Cremation of Carthage, MS;

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June 24, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Whitehead Funeral Services and Cremation
600 Old Canton Rd.
Carthage, MS 39051

Graveside Service
June 25, 2020

11:00 AM
New Hymn Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
755 Simpson Hwy 28W
Pinola, MS 39149

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