Spencer Nokomas Cooper Sr. thumbnail

Spencer Nokomas Cooper Sr.

February 18, 1974 - March 7, 2016

Spencer Nokomas Cooper Sr, was born on February 18, 1974 in Newport, Arkansas.  He was the 1st child born to Pamela Cooper (Matthews) and father Johnny Lee McDonald. As a child, he liked sports such as baseball, basketball, and he loved to hang out with his friends.  Concerts were also among one of his hobbies / interest. In September of 1992, Spencer joined the United States Navy which brought him to where he would meet his one true love, the chicken big mac during his time in Bahrain. During Spencer’s years of military service, one duty station in particular – NTC San Diego – would change his life forever. On New Years Eve 1994 in Tijuana, Mexico, Spencer met his beloved treasure- Victoria. The start of a beautiful forever began. First came love, then came marriage, then came baby carriage, after baby carriage, after baby carriage.  In San Diego, he met many friends that also served in the military and he always kept in contact. Military orders soon relocated the family to Virginia Beach, VA. It was here where he hopped on his bike and made the commitment to “Ride Derty Ride!” Founding member Derty Boy Spen loved to spend time on the road as long as only two wheels were involved. He was not a fan of water, but paid the price for our freedom. In September 2012, after 20 years of active duty service, Spencer retired as Yeoman YN1. After retiring he went to barber college where he loved to cut hair and give advice, like any barber would do. He was known to all as a well grounded family oriented man who brought out the best in people. He was a man of his word. He helped anyone in need. If you needed help “Big Homie” had you. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a generous, laid back, caring, devoted, handsome man with a beautiful soul. He joins his grandparents that preceeded him in death Rosie and Henry Cooper and Henrietta McDonald and Jesse Lee Heard. He is  survived by his wife-Victoria;  children-Cierra, Spencer Jr., Mahalia, and Tyson. His parents -mother Pamela Matthews and Billy Matthew and father Johny Lee McDonald and Reva McDonald. His brothers Stefan Cooper, Johnny McDonald JR, Timmy McDonald and sister Dana Nevels and  Gigi Burns. He will be dearly missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, framily, and friends.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Time: 11:00 am


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Spencer by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

What our families say...

Altmeyer Funeral Home has been considered a friend and partner to Beth Sholom Village. The Altmeyer staff demonstrates professionalism and compassion during difficult times with the family members of our residents.