|Birth: ||Aug. 30, 1895|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1952|
Son of James Edgar Cooper and Addie Smith.
Joe Cooper, Journalist, Chili Book Author, Dies
Jovial Joe E. Cooper, 57, who got his first smell of printer's ink during World War I and ranged widely through the field of writing in the next thirty-four years, died Friday in a Dallas hospital.
Cooper was the author of a handsome book, "With Or Without Beans," published only last month. All of its 242 pages are devoted to the subject of chili.
The volume is more of a philosophy and humor book than a cookbook, but it does contain many recipes. The jacket bears this quote from the author:
"The aroma of good chili should generate rapture akin to a lover's kiss."
Even before his book went to press, Cooper was ill of a heart ailment.
He was well known to many Texas newspapermen and public relations people, for he had been in and out of their professions for many years.
Cooper used to breeze into the city room of The News, spy a friend and greet him heartily: "Hi there – how in the world are you doin' and why haven't you been to see me?"
Quite a few newspaper writers and cartoonists contributed to his chili book.
A native Texas, Cooper was born in Midlothian Aug. 30, 1895. He attended schools at Midlothian and later in San Antonio, where he was graduated from Main Avenue High in 1913.
He attended Thorp Spring Christian College three years and studied one term at Trinity University, then at Waxahachie, before enlisting in the Army.
Cooper signed up less than a week after World War I began, and was a staff sergeant when he was discharged in 1920.
During a stay at Fort Sam Houston he was assigned to help publish the hospital's weekly newspaper, and it was here that the writing bug nipped him.
Except for a brief fling at professional baseball, Cooper's career was the writing and public relations game all the way.
After leaving the Army, Cooper's first job was with the Port Arthur News.
He later worked on papers in Wichita Falls, Beaumont and Dallas, serving as general assignments reporter, sports editor, city editor and managing editor.
At three different time he was on the public relations staff of the Texas Power & Light Company. His "Texans, let's talk Texas" was a familiar phrase for many years as part of the TP&L program over WFAA, a radio service of the Dallas News.
Cooper's later public relations jobs made him something of a celebration expert. He named Gilmer's Yamboree and helped to get it going. He worked on such expositions as Jacksonville's Tomato Festival, the Sulphur Springs Dairy Show and the Tyler Rose Festival.
He was also something of a political public relations authority, after handling campaigns of Grover Sellers for Attorney General, Beauford Jester for railroad commissioner and later for Governor and William J. Murray Jr. for railroad commissioner.
Cooper had served as president of the Dallas chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalism fraternity, and as president of the Dallas Agricultural Club.
He had devoted time to the Highland Hereford Association, Texas Jersey Cattle Club, State Fair livestock show and State Game and Fish Commission.
Besides his fame as a chili maker, Cooper was noted as a first-rate, all-round cook.
Fishing was another hobby, one which took him to streams all over the country.
Cooper's home was at 521 Neches.
He is survived by his wife; a brother, Gene Cooper of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Miss Margaret Cooper, Washington, and his mother, Mrs. J. E. Cooper, Midlothian.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Poole Funeral Home, 437 West Jefferson. Minister Boyd Fanning of the Pearl and Bryan Church of Christ will officiate.
Pallbearers will be O. A. Stubbs, L. W. Berry, Raymond A. Graddy, Ted Malloy, John Gore and Mack Haney.
Cooper will be buried at Midlothian.
- Dallas Morning News
December 13, 1952
James Edgar Cooper (1861 - 1948)
Addie Smith Cooper (1874 - 1967)
Lola Harkins Cooper (1899 - 1988)*
Joe Edgar Cooper (1895 - 1952)
Margaret Cooper (1899 - 1899)*
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