Cooper’s Troopers fundraiser set

Published 6:36 pm Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cooper Frazier only lived two days on earth, but his legacy willlive on through the ministry that bears his name.

The son of Jason and Kristi Frazier of Enterprise died almostexactly a year ago of fetal lower urinary tract obstruction whilehospitalized in Houston, Texas.

A Mobile, Ala., man named Warren Burlison who works for a funeralhome, was also visiting Texas. Upon hearing of the family’s plight,he offered to transport Cooper’s body back to Mississippi.

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From that experience, friends of the family said, Burlison wasinspired, and he started “Cooper’s Troopers,” a non-profitorganization aimed at helping provide free transportation for thebodies of children up to age 18 who have died, as well as funeralexpenses when possible.

From there, a big-hearted Bogue Chitto resident named Donna Cupittook up the torch locally. Cupit was well known to throw afundraiser when someone was in need, and had staged some reallysuccessful ones, including one for the Fraziers last summer.

But Cupit died unexpectedly at the end of June at age 47, and herlast project had been to hold a fundraiser to bring money in forCooper’s Troopers.

That’s where the rest of the community decided to run withit.

“This man is retired now and he started this on his own, he startedit to help people bring their babies home without a big cost,” saidRuth resident Teresa Lawrence. “And after Cooper passed away, thisis a way of giving back to him to make this in his honor.”

The fundraiser, which will be held this weekend, will be a bigevent, involving a softball tournament and a poker run. Thetournament, which is double-elimination, starts at 7 a.m. Saturdayand games will be held at Enterprise and Bogue Chitto attendancecenters.

Lawrence said there are 17 teams in the tournament, and they willplay until they have a winner.

The second-annual poker run is still open for anyone to ride andplay, Lawrence said. At a cost of $20 per bike and $10 per rider,the run will start at Enterprise Attendance Center at 8:30 a.m.,and they expect to make a loop through Summit and Tylertown, amongother locations.

While they’re making the trek, they will also make one veryimportant stop, Lawrence said.

“We’ll stop at Union Primitive Baptist Church where Baby Cooper isburied,” she said. “We’ll pay our respects there.”

All the money made in the tournament and the poker run goes toCooper’s Troopers, and will help pay for general expenses, Lawrencesaid.

“Last year the fundraiser was strictly for the Frazier family, butthis is going to Cooper’s Troopers, which is a non-profit, to helpthis man with his gas or however he feels like using it,” shesaid.

Fundraiser T-shirts are also for sale for $15, bearing the logo,”Cooper’s Troopers, Bringing little angels home.”

Anyone interested in joining in the poker run is urged to callLawrence at 601-754-3835, Randy Boyd at 601-757-3965, or RichardBaker at 601-835-2106.