ForeverMissed
The Celebration of Life Honoring Reverend Deborah Ann Cooper was held on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM at Calvary Lighthouse, 1133 East County Line Road, Lakewood, NJ 08701. You can watch the full service, which was streamed live at: https://youtube.com/c/CalvaryLighthouse
Cards or other condolences can be sent to directly to the Cooper family. Please email Nathan Cooper, Rev. Deborah Cooper's son at natejoelcooper@gmail.com for address information.

On Behalf of the Family
It is with a grateful heart that the family of Rev. Deborah Cooper extends sincere thanks and deep gratitude for the many expressions of sympathy, love and kindness shown during our time of bereavement. May God bless you and return what you’ve generously sown into the family. Each of your thoughtful acts will be acknowledged at a later date.
Posted by Sheryl Luster on October 5, 2021
Words and Tears could never measure up to the impact of GOD's Loving Spirit poured out onto millions of souls through HIS Gift to the World: Rev. Deborah Cooper. I will always remember joining Her in the Holy Spirit Of High Praise to our Living GOD, Her Kind Words as she passed by, Her Anointed Teaching on Praise and Worship. My Prayers and Condolences are especially to Her Husband, Son, and All Her Loved Ones. Thank you Father God for sharing your Beloved Daughter Rev. Deborah Cooper Rest Sleep Deborah Well Done!
Posted by Abimbola adetola on October 4, 2021
You left a lasting impression on my husband and me, which inspired us to name our youngest child Debra. Oh, how she cried when she heard of your sudden demise. But then, she remembered your warm smile and touch. Goodnight, our dear Rev. Deborah Cooper!!!

- from the one you pleasantly referred to as  ”Grace” !!!!
Posted by Kawana Howard on October 4, 2021
My condolences to the family during this time. Cousin Deborah you will be truly missed.
Posted by DOROTHY RIVERS on October 4, 2021
The first time I EVER entered the Throne Room was when Rev Cooper ushered the congregation, through music, during a Thursday night service on Oaktree Road in Edison. That was my first encounter with GOD & the HOLY SPIRIT. She was so connected to the spiritual realm and her musical gifts (one of many) ushered so many of us into the presence of GOD every time she lead praise & worship. THANK YOU REV. COOPER. We will keep the family in prayer, praying for peace and comfort, AMEN
Posted by Arlinda Harris on October 4, 2021
You were my counselor when I needed it the most, and there were times when I would just sit in your office chatting about everything till you kicked me out (lol), but the advice and the love will always be remembered. It's so many things I could say, there's so many memories to look upon and through it all I just want to thank you for being my mentor and friend...I will see you again one day, and we will continue in the presence of God Almighty...My deepest condolences to the family. I love you all and will keep you in my prayers...
Posted by Ron Howard on October 4, 2021
Heartfelt condolences from my family to yours. In my last conversation with her, we shared so many precious memories from the old neighborhood. What a gift to us all!  Peggy Alston (Brooklyn. NY)
Posted by Ron Howard on October 4, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we send our sincere condolences to the family.
Ronald, Cookie and Family 
Posted by Eileen Courtien on October 4, 2021
Deborah loved the Body of Christ. Her legacy of joy, compassion and heart to serve God’s people will remain. Our prayer support to James and Nate.
Posted by Janice Gilyard on October 4, 2021
I extend heartfelt condolences to Rev. Deborah Ann Cooper's family. May God's peace and comfort be yours. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Posted by Apostle James Friday on October 4, 2021
Dad Cooper and Brother Nate...I offer my
heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family at this time. To My Worship Leader, Mom Cooper...my life will never be the same without you here. I can only thank God for granting me the opportunity to soak under your ministry in the Sanctuary, The Classroom, and The Choir Room. Because of what you have sown into my life...we will always worship together. Thank you for your love and acceptance...but most of all - thank you for teaching me how to Worship! You will always be in my heart and my song! Love you always.
Posted by Nita Huff on October 4, 2021
May God Love and Peace surrounds Nate, James, and Family this day.
Lord, thank you Lord for Blessing us with Deborah's gifts and talents over the years!
Posted by Aldwyn Paynter on October 4, 2021
It was shocking and sad to get the news of the homegoing of our dear sister and minister, Rev. Deborah Cooper. Deborah was a true worshipper and worship leader! I remember her as far back as 1987, when she came to Trinidad, for a crusade at Woodford Square, P.O.S. with the late Rev. David Demola. Then I had the privilege of being under her leadership in the music ministry at Faith Fellowship Ministries, NJ from 1992. I learned so much from her and grew in worship to God and faith. Deborah exuded worship to Our Father and exemplified how to reverence His Presence! I know she's doing just that right now in His Presence - worshipping Him in spirit and in truth - as she reaps her rewards! She also faithfully served as a counselor, teacher of FITS and in other teaching ministries at FFM and Epic Church International. My sincere condolences to James, Nathan, the extended family, former members of Judah and FFM, and all of us her knew and loved her! You are in our hearts and our prayers. Aldwyn and Juanita.
Posted by Karyn Alexandre on October 4, 2021
To the Cooper Family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of Rev. Deborah Cooper. I had the pleasure of enjoying her beautiful voice and spirit during Praise & Worship and FFWM. Although I did not know her personally, it was so easy so see the light within Deborah which was always visible. I hope knowing that she is at peace and is now with the Lord brings comfort to your family during this difficult time. Please know that we will keep you/r family in prayer. 
Posted by Carol Reid-Grevious on October 4, 2021
My deepest condolences to James and Nate and the rest of the family.
Deborah, my heart was broken when I received the news of your passing. It truly came as a shock. 
I will remember your smile and certainly your worship.
You were our Worship Leader over the Dance Ministry and I remember many Sundays where your unseen (by the congregation) interactions with the Dance Ministry were so much fun. We respected and valued you like our mother. Don’t get me wrong. We knew you were about the business of worship. I miss those times
when the Holy Spirit would come in and cause a Divine disruption and we would go in.
Deborah, you have left behind a beautiful legacy. You were a woman of grace and beauty and gave wise counsel to many. Your contribution to us and to me will always be remembered.
I feel confident that your Father was well pleased. As He raised His scepter, you were able to enter into His presence with ease.❤️
Posted by Kitty Davila on October 3, 2021
You left a legacy to remember you by, you brought us to our Father’s presence for many years. You were a friend, and a sister and we will miss you. Being absent in the body means being present in God and glory. Thank you for your presence in the land of the living and enjoy your new home until we meet again. It is with a sincere heart that we express our condolences to the Coopers and to the family. Kitty and the family.
Posted by Tamin Washington on October 3, 2021
My Deepest Condolences & Prayers to James & Nathan Cooper. It was February 1991 when I heard Deborah Cooper sing, I wasn't interested in joining the choir at first but after a few months I couldn't take it anymore. Joining the choir changed my life, I learned so much about Worship from Deborah and a beautiful friendship grew out of that. Deborah I will carry you in my heart forever.
Posted by Sonya Mayers on October 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to Elder Cooper and Nate on the transition of Rev Cooper. I was inspired by her singing and leading the choir in worship from 1997 when I joined FFMWOC. I admired and loved her from a distance but eventually considered her a part of the family. She and my mom adopted each other. She blessed my family's new home and officiated at my dad's funeral. Her platform worship extended to the way she treated others off the platform. She was witty, happy, and loved encouraging others. She taught me in FITS, and there she displayed her passion for entertaining the presence of God. It was a blessing just to be in her presence. I will remember the last time I saw her alive, energetic, and happy. Deborah, your spirit is worshiping God but I am missing you on earth. You are certainly a qualified overcomer. Love you. Continue to worship until we join you
Praying for the family
Posted by Charlene Ferguson on October 3, 2021
First my deepest condolences to James, Nate and the family. It is still hard for me to grasp. Debra was one of the first people that I connected with after joining FFM. She counseled me and my husband in our marriage. She was a leader among the women at FFM and she taught us many things and one of the most important was how to love God as our Father and how special we were as one of His daughters. I loved Debra's "no nonsense" ways when it came to serving the Lord. And I will miss her smile and her heart for praise and worship. Now she is at rest with the King. We will miss her! Thank you Reverand Cooper for all that you imparted to us in this life. May your reward be great.  
With much love, Charlene
Posted by Sandra Ward on October 3, 2021
First, my Sincerest and Deepest Condolences to James and Nathan Cooper and Family. To My Deborah…what can I say…My God!! I remember back in 1988, I was so unsure about joining the choir, Judah. The moment I decided I would wait to join, you placed my own personalized music book and Judah Badge into my hands!!! God called me, and when that happened - that “Deborah look” of yours said, “You’re not going anywhere!!” LOL!! You have taught me so much about ANOINTED Worship and Praise. The anointing of God just OOZES from your presence just standing next to you. You can sense and feel the reverential awe you have for the Lord. I’m going to miss singing with you Deborah. We stood side-by-side together for 30 years leading worship. We laughed together, we literally had moments of “cracking up” hysterically with each other right on the platform! LOL!!! Thank you for all your words of encouragement, exhortation and most of all your LOVE you have “seared” into my heart. You have sown into my life ALL of yourself. I’m gonna miss your voice. Your smile. Your embrace. Your cooking; especially your authentic hot-sauce fried chicken and Peach/Apple cobbler! But most of all, I will miss your steadfastness in being seriously firm and caring beyond measure. And, “No worries” Deborah…I will sing unto the Lord NOW, FOREVER and ETERNALLY… Trust me Deborah,..I WON’T drop the mic!
I Love You Eternally, Sandra Ward.
Posted by Monice Wallace Pittman on October 3, 2021
To the woman I called Mother. Thank you for all your love and wisdom you shared with me. When sat down to tell her God was leaving me GA (I never want to leave FFM and Judah). Mother said "Monice you must do what God is leading you to do". She then told me she new by the Holy Ghost I was moving. She made me feel free
Posted by Debra Owusu-duku on October 2, 2021
Rev Cooper, it was my pleasure to meet you and Sister Deborah in Natchitoches to witness the marriage of my son and your spiritual daughter and my wonderful daughter in law Mimi. I am so very sorry that it was my 1st and last time on earth to see Sister Deborah but forever we"ll see her in our Heavenly home. You and your son and families are and will remain in our prayers. God Bless you!
Posted by Brenda Bennett on October 2, 2021
One, coming down a road such as this thinks, what can I say and than all that comes is thank you Lord that you placed our paths on a road together. Her friendship, her praise & worship taught me a thing or two of entering in and making our times with the Savior our own, she would say I can teach on praise & worship, but I can't do it for you, but I learned she could sure show you how, and if you listen and watched she would bring you into that place of true worship, she will be missed but not forgotten.

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Posted by Sheryl Luster on October 5, 2021
Words and Tears could never measure up to the impact of GOD's Loving Spirit poured out onto millions of souls through HIS Gift to the World: Rev. Deborah Cooper. I will always remember joining Her in the Holy Spirit Of High Praise to our Living GOD, Her Kind Words as she passed by, Her Anointed Teaching on Praise and Worship. My Prayers and Condolences are especially to Her Husband, Son, and All Her Loved Ones. Thank you Father God for sharing your Beloved Daughter Rev. Deborah Cooper Rest Sleep Deborah Well Done!
Posted by Abimbola adetola on October 4, 2021
You left a lasting impression on my husband and me, which inspired us to name our youngest child Debra. Oh, how she cried when she heard of your sudden demise. But then, she remembered your warm smile and touch. Goodnight, our dear Rev. Deborah Cooper!!!

- from the one you pleasantly referred to as  ”Grace” !!!!
Posted by Kawana Howard on October 4, 2021
My condolences to the family during this time. Cousin Deborah you will be truly missed.
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Deborah Cooper - Singing with the Angels

Shared by Eva Fontanez on October 2, 2021
Rev. Deborah Cooper ... She was a powerful and anointed woman of God!  Back in 1990 when Faith Fellowship was in Oak Tree Road in Edison she was the Choir Director, then in Sayreville She transitioned Worship Leader/Minister.  My mom and sister Sonia used to bring her some of that good Puertorican food, so that She can have a good lunch between or after services. When we purchased our home in 1999 she and her husband James Cooper anointed our home. My mom loved her so much. She actually told her that if Deborah and James ever had their own church, she would become a member. When my mom got sick, they were with our family until the very end. When mom passed she lead the entire funeral service and sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow". She was beautiful inside and out! Deborah was an AMAZING WOMAN OF GOD!!  I will miss her terribly, but she is present with the Lord and singing with the Angels. My deepest condolences to the two men in her life, James & Nate and the Family. #RIPDeborahCooper