Spencer Nokomas Cooper Sr.

February 18, 1974 - March 7, 2016

02/18/1974 - 03/07/2016

Past Services

Thursday March 17, 2016
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

Spencer Nokomas Cooper Sr, was born on February 18, 1974 in Newport, Arkansas.  He was the 1st child born to Pamela Cooper (Matthews) and father Johnny Lee McDonald. As a child, he liked sports such as baseball, basketball, and he loved to hang out with his friends.  Concerts were also among one of his hobbies / interest. In September of 1992, Spencer joined the United States Navy which brought him to where he would meet his one true love, the chicken big mac during his time in Bahrain. During Spencer’s years of military service, one duty station in particular – NTC San Diego – would change his life forever. On New Years Eve 1994 in Tijuana, Mexico, Spencer met his beloved treasure- Victoria. The start of a beautiful forever began. First came love, then came marriage, then came baby carriage, after baby carriage, after baby carriage.  In San Diego, he met many friends that also served in the military and he always kept in contact. Military orders soon relocated the family to Virginia Beach, VA. It was here where he hopped on his bike and made the commitment to “Ride Derty Ride!” Founding member Derty Boy Spen loved to spend time on the road as long as only two wheels were involved. He was not a fan of water, but paid the price for our freedom. In September 2012, after 20 years of active duty service, Spencer retired as Yeoman YN1. After retiring he went to barber college where he loved to cut hair and give advice, like any barber would do. He was known to all as a well grounded family oriented man who brought out the best in people. He was a man of his word. He helped anyone in need. If you needed help “Big Homie” had you. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a generous, laid back, caring, devoted, handsome man with a beautiful soul. He joins his grandparents that preceeded him in death Rosie and Henry Cooper and Henrietta McDonald and Jesse Lee Heard. He is  survived by his wife-Victoria;  children-Cierra, Spencer Jr., Mahalia, and Tyson. His parents -mother Pamela Matthews and Billy Matthew and father Johny Lee McDonald and Reva McDonald. His brothers Stefan Cooper, Johnny McDonald JR, Timmy McDonald and sister Dana Nevels and  Gigi Burns. He will be dearly missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, framily, and friends.

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Shermean Jones
2 months ago

Happy Heavenly Birthday!

Linda Hodge
3 years ago

A wonderful man of wisdom at a young age. Always a word of encouragement for others and a strong example of what men should strive to become. I’m saddened to know you are no longer here. I pray God’s blessings and comfort on his beautiful family. RIL

Markeese Moseley
3 years ago

Big COOP I miss you my boy I really do I even got your name tatted on my arm so we both together until my dying days I love you bro tell my little cousin happy birthday today give him a hug for me I miss you until we meet again my friend

Shermean Jones
7 years ago

Happy Birthday Day! Baby Boy! Family always. San Diego loves you!

George Smith
8 years ago

This is your cuz George in Arizona. Me Gloria and the kids miss you. I will always remember all the great times we had as kids growing up in Arkansas. We both came a long way and both us had successful Navy careers. Our prayers are with your family. Rest in peace. Love ya man.

Tonya henry
8 years ago

Rest easy Spencer…. You will be missed…. All the way from San Diego to Virginia you were my friend… I just wish I could have been there in the end…. Condolences to your family …. And once again you will be truly missed

Mack Harvey
8 years ago

What else is there to say but……. I GOT YOU BIG DAWG!!!!!!

C. Goodman
8 years ago

I was sorry to read about your loss. May God’s word at Psalm 34:18 & 55:22 bring a measure of comfort, which states he will mend the brokenhearted & he will sustain you during this difficult time.

Cheryl D.
8 years ago

My condolences to the family. Find strength in God by turning to him in prayer. God can supply the curative comfort that is needed. Praying to God, along with seeking to learn and to do his will, will certainly bring healing to the aching heart. Psalm 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”

Laurel Lapp
8 years ago

Met him a few summers ago on 2. Always had a big hug for me and a handshake for my husband, and words of advice as well as jokes to go around. The world has lost a remarkable man and a remarkable friend. Deepest condolences to the family.