Fallen Hero: SFC James Cooley (Ret)


Funeral Home

Moore Funeral Home

1115 West College Avenue Wiggins, MS
(601) 544-2141


 6- 9 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2024, Moore Funeral Home Chapel, Wiggins.


10 am,  Monday, January 8, 2024, Moore Funeral Home Chapel, Wiggins.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 3, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SFC James Cooley (Ret), age 74, who served in the MSARNG within 890th Engineer Battalion, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Mr. James Cooley, 74, of Janice, passed away January 3, 2024 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Mr. Cooley was a member of Janice Baptist Church, he graduated from Forrest County Agricultural High School and retired from UPS. He served in the Army National Guard from September of 1969 until he retired in September of 1990.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Cooley; parents, Less and Lula Belle Cooley; siblings, Newton Cooley, Ronnie Cooley, William (Bill) Cooley, Catherine Cooley, Sue McBromm, and Glenn Cooley.

He is survived by his two children Deauna Williams (Wayne) of Saucier and Shane Cooley (Doughty) of Walker LA; three grandchildren Ethan, Erynn, and Dalton; two great grandchildren, and his siblings, Joe Cooley of Ana Coco, LA, Patsy Rutledge of Palacios, TX and Linda Rowell of New Augusta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 10:00am, on Monday, January 8, 2024, Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Wiggins. Burial to follow at Janice cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at Moore Funeral Home Chapel Wiggins. Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.