Mrs. Gentra Lee Holmes Johnson Cooper, 96, of Bartlett, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Amarillo, Texas.
Arrangements are entrusted to Warford-Walker Mortuary in Amarillo, Texas and Condra Funeral Home in Taylor, Texas.
Mrs. Gentra Lee Holmes Johnson Cooper was born on November 25, 1921, to the Earnest Hatchett and Rosie Lee Wallace in Industry, Texas.
She attended school and church in Fayetteville, Texas. Mrs. Gentra was raised by her Mother and stepfather, James “Tip” Holmes. She later married Emmitt Lee Johnson, Sr., on November 26, 1938, in Fayetteville, Texas. The couple moved to Bartlett, Texas.
Mr. Emmitt Lee and Mrs. Gentra Lee Johnson were married for 37 years. Ten children were born to this union and they adopted a son. Mrs. Gentra and her husband were entrepreneurs providing jobs for the young men in the community of Bartlett, Texas and the surrounding areas and kept them motivated and busy, for example, hay hauling, pulling cotton and recycling. In her travels, she and her husband traveled to Chillicothe, Harlingen, Paducah, Raymondville and Robstown, Texas pulling cotton, meeting new friends and being exposed to different cultures.
Mrs. Gentra Johnson united with Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in 1942, where she was a faithful member and baptized by the late Elder Jones of San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Johnson found love again later in life and married Reverend B. B. Cooper in 1992. They were married for seven years until his death in Compton, California in 1999.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Emmitt Lee Johnson Sr., her eldest son, Emmitt Johnson Jr., her second husband, Reverend B. B. Cooper, her father, James Holmes; stepmother, Annie L. Holmes, a sister, Bernice Holmes and four brothers, Leon Holmes, Sam Holmes, Ernest Holmes and Nick Holmes.
Mrs. Gentra Johnson-Cooper leaves to cherish her memories, six daughters, Willie B. Mix of Compton, California, Bernice (Reverend David) Longmiles of Fort Worth, Texas, Gentra Mae Riggins of Los Angeles, California, Ferry C. Nealy of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Rosie (Gentry) Powell of Amarillo, Texas, Stella Crathers of Los Angeles, California, three sons, Reverend Eddie Johnson of Bartlett, Texas, Joe Johnson of Los Angeles, California, Tony (LaVern) Johnson of Bartlett, Texas, one adopted son, Ira “Byrd” Eugene (Christina) Crathers of Bartlett, Texas and the love of her life which are all of her 37 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mandy Holmes of Dickerson, Texas and Dorothy Holmes (Henry) Hubbard of Fayetteville, Texas, three brothers, Wilbert (Ester) Holmes of Dickerson, Texas, Edward “Todie” Holmes and Richard Holmes of Galveston, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
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