Coopers began making barrels in the Swiss Alps in 56 B.C. Barrels have been used to store and protect many different kinds of valuable things throughout history. Barrels give great protection and complete coverage to whatever is stored inside.
The present-day Coopers are direct descendants of Norman Lee Cooper, Confederate soldier and survivor of nineteen campaigns during the Civil War.
Like the coopers of old, the Coopers of today provide great protection and complete coverage, but now through insurance.
Victor Alonzo Cooper Jr., our insurance agency's founder, was born in Yoakum, Texas in 1920. He graduated from Texas A&M- Kingsville and married Vivian Lee Debord from Halletsville, Texas in Florida just before he left for Germany in World War II, where he was a decorated Air Force captain.
Vivian graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Vivian had three children and assisted her husband in running the insurance agency and cattle business. Victor and Vivian moved to Wortham, Texas after WWII, where they raised cattle and started the insurance agency in 1947. In 1957, they moved to Corsicana, Texas. Victor was an outstanding dad, a deacon in the Baptist church, president of the Lions Club, City Commisioner, Mayor Pro Tem, president of the Mid-Tex Life Underwriters Association, and installed in the Cattleman's Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth for being the first Charlois breeder in Navarro County. Vivian was an outstanding mom, president of the PTA, and Sunday School teacher.
Dennis Cooper was born in Mexia, Texas, and was raised helping his parents in the cattle and insurance businesses. Dennis graduated from Texas Tech University and went to graduate school at Texas A&M- Commerce. Dennis started his own insurance agency in 1972 in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, Dennis moved his agency to Corsicana and merged with his dad's agency. Vivian died in 1977, shortly after the merger. Dennis' dad, Victor, retired in 1983. Dennis married Terry Magette and has two children: Carey Lee Cooper and Victor Alonzo Cooper III. Dennis is a life member of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Mid-Tex Life Underwriters Association, past president of the Lions Club, past member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and on the advisory board of several insurance companies. Terry is comptroller of the agencies. Terry went to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas and was president of the PTA. Carey and Victor assisted in running the insurance agency. Carey was born in 1968. She graduated from Texas A&M University, has a Master's degree from Texas A&M- Commerce and a daughter named Arabella.
Victor Alonzo Cooper III was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1978. Victor attended Navarro College in Corsicana, Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Johnson College in Overland Park, Kansas, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, and graduated with a Master's degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Victor recieved a tennis scholarship to Washburn University and won the Kansas State College Tennis Tournament in 1998. Victor owns and runs his own insurance agency in Waxahachie, Texas. Victor's wife, Chasity, assists with the agency's bookkeeping, and they have three children, Caiden, Presslee, and Brynlee.
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