Lillard Bragg “L.B.” Cooper, 92, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dick Marcear, minister of Church of Christ at The Colonies officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Lillard was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Coffee County, Tennessee to William Alexander Cooper and Nora McMahan Cooper. He moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma at age five. He was their seventh child and grew up in a family with strong values and work ethics. Raised on a farm, he loved to play with his horses, dogs and grow vegetables. During the Depression, as a young man, he delivered blocks of ice and then worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and the Rock Island Railroad.
Lillard was a World War II veteran who served as a PFC rifleman in the Army from 1942 until 1945 in the South Pacific.
On Sep. 18, 1946, he married Lucille Cook in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Even after sixty-six years of marriage, he still called her his girlfriend. They moved to Amarillo in 1947. He worked for Southwestern Bell for 35 years and received an award for 30 continuous years of service without an absence.
Throughout his life, he devoted himself to his family, his church, and his hobbies, which included building and fixing clocks, playing dominoes, and gardening. He was known throughout the country for his ability to repair clocks, which he developed as a young boy after he took apart the family clock and put it back together. At one point, he owned over 200 clocks from a variety of different countries and time periods. He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and routinely won awards for his hand made clocks.
Survivors include his wife Lucille Cooper, a sister, Dee Nelson, a daughter, Cristy Wilkinson and husband David, two granddaughters, Cecily Tripplehorn and husband Jim and Calista Wilkinson, all of Amarillo; four nephews, Bill Boland of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Carl McGlothlin of Eugene, Oregon, Dr. Lynn McGlothlin of Boise, Idaho and Dr. Anthony Thomas of Midwest City, Oklahoma.