BETH PEARSON COSPER, 86, passed away on Aug. 10,
2018 in Odessa, TX, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery
at Ranger, TX.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1932 to Lee Roy Pearson & Vera
Blair in Ranger. She attended Ranger High School in
the Class of 1949. In 1952, she married James Shafer
Cosper in Ranger.
She taught school in 3 Texas towns - Levelland, McCamey,
& Odessa. She also volunteered with Medical Center Hospital
Auxiliary and was a life member of the NRA. She enjoyed
gardening, reading, keeping a lovely home, and traveling
She is survived by her husband James Shafer Cosper of
Odessa, TX; son Larry and Karen Cosper, Flower Mound, TX;
grandson James Cosper III, Eastland, TX; granddaughter
Kelsey and Joona Pelttari, Espoo, Finland and one great-
grandchild Onni Pelttari.
Beth is preceded in death by her parents Lee Roy & Vera
Pearson; son James Cosper Jr.; siblings Electra Pearson
(RHS-1939), Lee Roy Pearson Jr. (RHS-1941), Lynn Pearson
Heath (RHS-1943), Mercedes Pearson (RHS-1943), and Larry
Champ Pearson (RHS-1951).
HUSBAND: JAMES SHAFER COSPER was born Dec. 11 1926 near
Florence, TX. He graduated from high school in Strawn, TX.
He attended Ranger Jr. College. James served in the Navy
in WWII and the Korean conflict. He graduated from Hardin
Simmons University. He married the love of his life, Beth
Pearson Cosper, in Dec. of 1952. They were blessed by two
sons, James Jr & Larry David. James died on March 11, 2021.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Beth (2018); son,
James Jr. (2012); his parents; sisters, Betty Neeley and
Nancy Pinnell; and brother, Dale Eugene.
He is survived by his son, Larry and wife, Karen; grandson,
James III; granddaughter, Kelsey and husband Joona Pelttari;
and great-grandchildren Onni and Emmi. He is also survived
by a sister, Peggy Tolles and husband Jim; as well as a
number of nieces and nephews. His career started with Texas
Pacific Oil company. He was initially based in Levelland,
TX. A few years later, he and Beth settled their family in
Odessa, TX. James was an avid outdoorsman with hobbies that
included hunting and fishing. He retired after a long career
in the oil industry. He lived in Odessa until 2018 when he
relocated to Lewisville, TX.
James was a kind, generous, loving, and strong man who
accomplished much in his 94 years. He was a good friend to
many and could tell a few stories. He will be missed.