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"That'll do son" were last words by Clarence "Red" Cooper, uttered as his oldest son, Cecil, attempted to comfort his papa after an assassin's bullet had ripped into his chest. Cecil said, "Papa, I will go get Ellick and Mama." "That'll do son," was Clarence's response. His final words.
 
By the time the family got to him, he was gone and the assassin could be heard crunching through the countryside of the January 1924 winter. The killing occurred about a mile and a half from Lepanto. The river was flooded and the bridge to Marked Tree was out. Three men crossed and two lived.
 
Red's murder was never solved. From what I understand about that period, life was not revered, especially for those involved in selling moonshine. As Cooper was not a sympathetic person to the local constabulary, not much effort was made to solve the crime. Earl Cooper, the middle son of Clarence, spent the remainder of his life anguishing over the tragedy. Moreover, his family and future grandson were robbed from the experience of knowing a period cowboy who could tell stories.

Bill Cooper
Central Point, OR