OBITUARY

Mary Joyce "Joe" Elam

September 15, 1948October 12, 2020

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Mary Joyce “Joe” Elam was born to the late Eber and Lillian Elam on September 15, 1948 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was called home to be with the Lord Monday, October 12, 2020 in Bossier City, Louisiana. She was a born-again believer and was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. She was a faithful member of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, where she served diligently and was extremely committed to her ministry. She served as a Deaconess, Youth Sunday School Teacher, Intercessor, Usher, and a member of the adult choir. She served in any capacity needed because of her love for God and her ministry. She was deeply loved and cherished by her church family and was referred to as “Mama Joe”. Mama Joe had a loving, humble, and gentle spirit. Anyone who encountered her immediately felt her love for God, family, and friends.

She attended Southern University and A&M College where she met and married Melvin Cooper. To this union, three children were born; Michelle, Sharon and RaShann Cooper.

Mary received her Early Childhood Development Certification and was an exceptional and appreciated pre-kindergarten teacher at Greater New Guide Learning Academy and Bright Beginnings Pre-School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for 20+ years. She deeply impacted the lives of her students and they loved her just as much as she loved them.

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughters and son-in-law; Sharon Cooper, RaShann Trim (Charles), Carlos Tate, sister; Bertha Rhine, brother; Zachary Elam, grandchildren; Vidal Johnson (Teona), Gabrielle Cooper, Alexis Fisher, Aleic Cooper, Alexandria Fisher, Malik Shabazz, Alrick Fisher, Malcolm Shabazz, Tiffani Trim, Charles Trim Jr., and Paris Trim, great grandchildren; Mateo Johnson and Khoen Riley, godchildren; Erica Rhine and Shakhia Williams, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Eber and Lillian Elam, two brothers; Clinton Elam and Donnell Elam, three sisters; Bernice Thomas, Angela Nettles, and Frances LeDay, and her daughter Michelle Cooper-Tate.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 19, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, Haughton, LA, officiated by Rev. Joseph Ricard. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

  • FAMILY

  • Eber and Lillian Elam, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Clinton Elam, Brother (deceased)
  • Donnell Elam, Brother (deceased)
  • Bernice Thomas, Sister (deceased)
  • Angela Nettles, Sister (deceased)
  • Frances LeDay, Sister (deceased)
  • Michelle Cooper-Tate, Daughter (deceased)
  • Sharon Cooper, Daughter
  • RaShann Trim (Charles), Daughter
  • Carlos Tate, Son-in-law
  • Bertha Rhine, Sister
  • Zachary Elam, Brother
  • Vidal Johnson (Teona), Grandchild
  • Gabrielle Cooper, Grandchild
  • Alexis Fisher, Grandchild
  • Aleic Cooper, Grandchild
  • Alexandria Fisher, Grandchild
  • Malik Shabazz, Grandchild
  • Alrick Fisher, Grandchild
  • Malcolm Shabazz, Grandchild
  • Tiffani Trim, Grandchild
  • Charles Trim Jr., Grandchild
  • Paris Trim, Grandchild
  • Mateo Johnson, Great Granchild
  • Khoen Riley, Great Grandchild
  • Erica Rhine, Godchild
  • Shakhia Williams, Godchild
  • Also left to cherish Mary's memory are her nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Vidal Johnson
  • Charles Trim, Jr.
  • Steve Nettles
  • Aleic Cooper
  • Ricky Nettles
  • Cory Lemonier
  • Carlos Tate, Honorary
  • Minister Charles Trim, Sr., Honorary
  • Malik Shabazz, Honorary
  • Malcolm Shabazz, Honorary
  • Alrick Fisher, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories

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Hattie George

October 19, 2020

Jo was one of the kindest and sweetest people on earth. She was like this not some of the time but ALL of the time thru out the years that we knew her even to the end. Sharon and Rashann, you had a darling of a mother and thank God for the years that she was with you! I remember back in the early years when we as sister-in-laws got to know her and your dad was away in the military. We had so much fun. She was precious then and remained that way! Jo, we love you and may you Rest In Peace our dear sister!

Hattie, Ola & Shirley

L. Shavonne Mattthews

October 18, 2020

Sharon and RaShann, I send you and the family my love and prayers. "Joe" was truly "a one of a kind person." Once someone met her, they loved her. "Joe" was a great mentor and special friend. Even before we became co-workers, I spent many days in her classroom just hanging out; observing her love and passion for the children she taught. So, I'll say to you, cherish the moments and know that the love your mother gave will last with you forever! And in the days, months and years to come, you all will share many precious memories; warm thoughts; smiles, laughs and even tears remembering a life well lived and that you all were blessed to be a part of her life's journey.
Love, Comfort and Peace,
Levyette "Vonnie" Matthews,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Corey Emecheta

October 17, 2020

I send heartfelt condolences to all my family in the loss of Aunt Joe. I will always remember a sweet lady that greeted everyone with a smile. I pray for continued strength through this sorrowful time. God Bless you and keep you.

Faye Cooper-Levenston

October 17, 2020

Jo, I will always remember you as my sweet sister in law with the soft voice. I will also remember that you dyed your installed wall-to-wall bedroom carpet dark blue..... Everyone that went into the room came out with dark blue feet. That was way back when Sugar was a baby and you and Melvin were living in Baton Rouge. Rest well, my dear, safe in the arms of Jesus. Comfort to the family

Belva Reaves

October 15, 2020

My prayers are with the entire family. I am still trying to accept the news Jo was one of my oldest friend. The two of us have gone through many things together, and may not have spoken to each other all of the times but always there for each other.

I saw her children grow up and some of the grandchildren.

She will be missed by many, but for sure me.

Rest In Peace my friend and will always be in my heart.

Carolyn Stephens

October 15, 2020

Your Mom was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. I feel so fortunate to have known her and extend my deepest sympathy. I will always remember her sweet smile and beautiful nature. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May God comfort your hearts.

Cheryl Robillard

October 15, 2020

OMG. Rest peacefully in Paradise.
I loved you from the first time we met. You always carried a smile and made others smile! Whenever we were around, chilling at Rayshann, getting our hair done, we were always laughing , joking, and dancing! You were the life of the party! You will be missed. Rest on! Love you

Joe and Cheryl Robillard
Baton Rouge, La

Marion Jones

October 15, 2020

I will Miss your Smile and your confidence, You are Going to Prepare a Place, I will see you again. Take your Rest

Anthony & Jean Buffington

October 15, 2020

I will miss the laughs we shared and the fun times we had. Take your rest and we will see you later. Love you Mary!

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Biography

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Mary Joyce “Joe” Elam was born to the late Eber and Lillian Elam on September 15, 1948 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was called home to be with the Lord Monday, October 12, 2020 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

She was a born-again believer and was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. She was a faithful member of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, where she served diligently and was extremely committed to her ministry. She served as a Deaconess, Youth Sunday School Teacher, Intercessor, Usher, and a member of the adult choir. She served in any capacity needed because of her love for God and her ministry. She was deeply loved and cherished by her church family and was referred to as “Mama Joe”. Mama Joe had a loving, humble, and gentle spirit. Anyone who encountered her immediately felt her love for God, family, and friends.

She attended Southern University and A&M College where she met and married Melvin Cooper. To this union, three children were born; Michelle, Sharon and RaShann Cooper.

Mary received her Early Childhood Development Certification and was an exceptional and appreciated pre-kindergarten teacher at Greater New Guide Learning Academy and Bright Beginnings Pre-School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for 20+ years. She deeply impacted the lives of her students and they loved her just as much as she loved them.

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughters and son-in-law; Sharon Cooper, RaShann Trim (Charles), Carlos Tate, sister; Bertha Rhine, brother; Zachary Elam, grandchildren; Vidal Johnson (Teona), Gabrielle Cooper, Alexis Fisher, Aleic Cooper, Alexandria Fisher, Malik Shabazz, Alrick Fisher, Malcolm Shabazz, Tiffani Trim, Charles Trim Jr., and Paris Trim, great grandchildren; Mateo Johnson and Khoen Riley, godchildren; Erica Rhine and Shakhia Williams, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Eber and Lillian Elam, two brothers; Clinton Elam and Donnell Elam, three sisters; Bernice Thomas, Angela Nettles, and Frances LeDay, and her daughter Michelle Cooper-Tate.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 19, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, Haughton, LA, officiated by Rev. Joseph Ricard. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Learn more about the Elam name

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