|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1964|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 2006|
Darnell L. Cooley was the only child born to the union of Gloria Phillips-Cooley and Ellis Cooley on July 25, 1964, in Stockton, California. He graduated from Franklin Unified High School in Stockton in 1982. He also graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science-Public Service in 1987. He was united in holy matrimony with Patricia Renee' Morgan on August 30, 1986. To this union was born two children, Darnell Ellis and Kaylah Nikol Cooley.
In 19888, Darnell began a successful and illustrious employment career with the California State Legislature. During his tenure with the Legislature, he worked as a consultant with various elected officials including Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr., Speaker Herbert J. Wesson, Jr. and Assembly members Mervyn M. Dymally, Barbara Lee and Roderick D. Wright. He also served as the chief of staff person to the Legislative Black Caucus and was the quintessential staffer amongst the African-American staff for almost 20 years. Darnell had a zest for life and was a dynamic figure in the State Capitol and at conventions around the country. You could see the wheels constantly turning in his head,hear his booming laughter and witness the passion with which he pursued all his goals. One of his key fascinations was visiting each of the Disney World attractions around the globe. He also cherished Redd Foxx's character and his complete collection of Sanford and Son videos and DVDs.
Darnell was very active in many social and political causes. He held various offices of increasing responsibility with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and was serving his second term as the 1st Vice President for the State of California, and was a Silver Lifetime Member. He began his political carer with the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC). Darnell was also a member of the African American Male National Council. Additionally, he was an active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sacramento Chapter and served as the fraternity's Western Regional Director. Darnell received numerous awards and accolades from political, social and fraternal organizations. Some of the many awards he received included: Leadership Award, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Dedication of Service from the California Black Social Workers; Certificate of Appreciation as a board member for the Ohio Commission on African American Males National Council; Great Coach JV Basketball Saint Robert School. Additionally, he was a proud supporter of his children schools, the Franklin High School Wildcats Booster Club and Toby Johnson Middle School.
More importantly, Darnell was a true believer and entrusted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was baptized at Greater Faith Baptist Church in Stockton where he later served as a junior deacon and sang in the choir. Most recently, he was a member of Sheep of the Good Shepherd Baptist Fellowship Church. He loved singing and was a tenor with the Sacramento Chapter of the gospel Music Workshop of America.
Darnell was preceded in death by his father, Ellis Cooley, and leave to cherish his memory his wife, Patricia, son Darnell, daughter Kaylah, all of Elk Grove, CA; Fresno relatives, his mother Gloria Phillips-Adams and step-father, Andrew L. Adams, Sr., a sister Maria Antinette "Toni" McAlister, brother in-law, Greg McAlister, Carlette and Terry Cook, Helen, Larry, Edward and Marvin Cooley, Stepsisters, Beverly, Rhonda, and Letha Adams, Stepbrother, Andrew L. Adams, II, Niece Shinae McAlister, nephew Terrence McAlister, loving God parents Mary and Henry Eurgubian and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
"Darnell, we celebrate the wisdom, compassion, generosity, smiles, joy, kindness, and LOVE that you always shared."
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