Jimi Thomas Cooperwood-El, Jr. was the second born of eight children between the union of the late Jimi Thomas Cooperwood, Sr. and Polly Cooperwood on December 15, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee. His education began in the Memphis, Tennessee Public Schools, and he graduated from Hamilton High School. Jimi confused a hope in Christ at an early age at Magnolia Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. His specialty title in the Marine Corp was a Rifleman. While in the Marine’s Jimi completed his education at the Marine Corp Institute in Washington D.C. Jimi served his country honorably, as a front line Rifleman. His bravery during the Vietnam War earned him several medals and badges, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marksmanship Rifle Badge, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.
Upon returning home from the Marines he was an educator in the St. Louis Public Schools, in addition to holding several jobs in the nursing field. Jimi enjoyed playing chess, reading, playing cards, horses, and spending time with his family. Jimi was often compared to a genius, as he was a brilliant man. He was a man of strength, a protector, and a giver.
In 2002, Jimi T. Cooperwood-El was introduced to the Moorish Science Temple of America, founded by the Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
Jimi was proceeded in death by his father, Jimi T. Cooperwood Sr. and his brother John Cooperwood.
Jimi leaves to cherish his memory is his five children; Tamara Cooperwood, Chante Cooperwood, Corey Cooperwood, Danielle (James) Airer, Michael Cooperwood; his mother; Polly Evans, his siblings; Mary Holloway, Martha (John) Whitted, Margaret (George) Saulsberry, Joe Cooperwood, Herman Cooperwood, Jacqueline Cooperwood, 3 grandchildren Mechi Cooperwood, Khalia Jones, Korey Jones Jr., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends, along with his brothers and sister in Moorish Science Temple of America.
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