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Shirley S. and Donald R. COPPOCK

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

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Shirley (Sheridan) Coppock
© Published in Enid News and Eagle News
May 4, 2011
Submitted by Jo Aguirre

Shirley (Sheridan) Coppock
Shirley Sheridan Coppock died at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Enid, Okla., on Friday, April 29, 2011. She was born May 22, 1916, in Meeker, Colo.
She graduated from Meeker High School, studied music at the University of Colorado and then attended Colorado State, Boulder, graduating with a degree in education.
On Aug. 28, 1940, she married Donald Coppock of Cherokee, Okla., who later was the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol for 14 years.
Shirley taught school in Colorado, Texas, California and Maryland. She taught every grade from pre-first through high school. She rode horseback to teach grades one through eight in a one-room school building near Meeker, Colo. She taught multi-subjects to Spanish speaking children in Texas. She did home-school teaching in California and for five years taught special education in Maryland.
Shirley was an accomplished pianist and played for DAR and PEO programs while living in the Washington, D.C., area. She also played in numerous churches in four states while Donald was promoted and reassigned during his career. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Society of Mayflower Descendants, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, Colonial Dames XVII Century and the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; sister, Sally Sizemore of Meeker, Colo.; one daughter, Mary-Blue Ster and husband John of Neptune Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Molnar of Los Angeles, Calif., Donald William Ster of Jacksonville, Fla., and Virginia-Blue Hughes of Asheville, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Sophia Blue Ster and Donovan Ster of Jacksonville, Fla.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Murray; two sisters, Susan Ruddy and Dorcas Jensen; and brother, Jim Sheridan.
Viewing at Goodwin Funeral Home, 106 West 2nd Street, Cherokee, Okla., will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, May 4, 2011, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6-7:30 p.m.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at Friends Church, Cherokee, with Joe Woods officiating. Interment will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee.
Memorials may be made in her honor through the funeral home to Cherokee Ambulance Fund.

© Enid News and Eagle News
September 4, 2011
Submitted by Jo Aguirre

Donald Roy Coppock died at home on September 1, 2011. He was born in Cherokee, Okla., on Dec. 8, 1910.

He graduated from Cherokee High School, studied one year at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and received his B.A. at Northwestern State College, Alva, in 1941.

On August 28, 1940, he married Shirley Sheridan of Meeker, Colo. Donald entered the U.S. Border Patrol on Feb. 7, 1941, and was promoted and reassigned to numerous offices. In 1957, he became the deputy assistant commissioner for the U.S. Border Patrol in Washington, D.C. He was later promoted and served 14 years as the head of the U.S. Border Patrol, retiring July 1, 1973.

During his career as the Border Patrol chief, the Border Patrol was regularly called upon to enforce civil rights statutes during the 1960s. He was involved in enforcement of the civil rights strife at Old Miss when the first African-American, James Meredith, was enrolled at the university; the bombing of the Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., where four young girls were killed; the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.; the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C.; the Selma to Montgomery march; the negotiations that brought about the return of prisoners after the Bay of Pigs war in Cuba; and other enforcements.

After his retirement as the Border Patrol chief, Donald was engaged as the chief administration officer and the public information officer for the U.S. House of Representatives Inquiry Committee for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. Later, he was administration officer for the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers.

He was preceded in death on April 29, 2011, by his wife, Shirley Sheridan Coppock.

Donald is survived by one daughter, Mary-Blue Ster and her husband John of Neptune Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Ster-Molnar of Los Angeles, Calif., Donald Ster of Jacksonville, Fla., Virginia Blue Hughes of Asheville, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Sophia Blue and Donovan Ster of Jacksonville, Fla.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the Friends Church in Cherokee. Interment will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be given to Border Patrol Museum or Share Hospice through Goodwin Funeral Home.

(Submitted by family)
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