Update: There will be a visitation held Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 5-8pm at the Oakey’s North Chapel in Roanoke, Va. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2pm at Oakey’s North Chapel.
Many have expressed an interest in helping Sid Cooper following the tragedy of Rick’s death. Rick was very proud that Sid could come to SVA. Donations to help with Sid’s bill can be sent to the SVA worthy student fund. All inquiries should be directed to Janel Ware Janel.firstname.lastname@example.org or call SVA at 540-740-3161.
The Potomac Conference family has lost one of its most valued members. Richard Cooper, a teacher at the Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy (DTD) in Lynchburg, Va., passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Rick had been teaching 5th and 6th graders at DTD since August 2015. Respected by his colleagues and loved by his students, Rick was passionate about teaching. He believed in ministering to the whole child–academically and spiritually, and he took every opportunity to talk to them about God.
Reflecting on Rick’s life, Stephen Doss, principal, says, “Rick’s impact on DTD is summed up for his love for children and wanting to introduce them to a loving Jesus. His passion was making that connection with them. Rick deeply cared for others. He continually looked for ways to reach the youth of Lynchburg whether it was in Bible or Sabbath School class, providing a way for students who couldn’t afford to go to camp a way to get there, and by continually reaching out and asking for ways he could help.
Nancy Melashenko, associate superintendent for education for Potomac, says, “From the very beginning of our initial conversations Rick demonstrated not only an enthusiasm for his students but a complete willingness to do whatever was in his capacity to increase his effectiveness in the classroom. He saw potential and possibility in every situation and expressed an authentic desire to serve others. We are thankful for the time that Rick has spent in educational ministry and trust that the seeds that he has sown will be a rich harvest in the future.”
The Potomac Conference Corporation extends its heartfelt condolences to Rick’s son, Sidney*, his entire family and his colleagues at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy. While we grieve his passing, we have this hope that we shall see Rick again in the Earth made new.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14