Parents: Mae Grant Walker (1957- ) & Frank Wes Cooper (1951-1993). Grandparents: Lucy Calhoun Keith (1921) & Joseph Cowan Cooper (1913-1995) on her father’s side; Bessie Grant (1932- ) & Walter Calahan Walker (1931-2001) on her mother’s side.
Lucy Cooper comes from an old Mississippi family. Roy Cooper entered the state in 1794 and gradually purchased enough land to have a small sustenance farm but no slaves. His son, Frank Roy Cooper was 38 when the War Between the Sates broke out and enlisted and was made a colonel of a local regiment, and served until the very end at which time he was one of last men to fall in May of 1865. One of her great-great-grandfathers, Charles “Charley” Wooley Cooper, was ten years old at the end of the Civil War, fatherless, devoted his activities to causing as much mischief for the Reconstruction politicians in and around Jackson, Mississippi, as was possible for a small boy. So, you could say that Lucy comes from a long line of hell-raisers and people with a strong disregard for authority, however, possessing a lot of respect for their Mississippi heritage.
She knew she was pregnant when she went in, but had not informed the father, Levi Hooper. After a little over six months she gave birth to a baby boy, whom the prison authorities promptly took from her and put into foster care. She became more and more despondent and depressed and began again using Dilaudid, not orally as designed but crushing the pills and dissolving them in water for injection (“shake and bake”). She died as a result of an overdose 11 months into her sentence, and only weeks before possibly being paroled.