This Life’s Journey for Monti Diondre’ Cooper began on April 12, 1994, in Freehold, NJ where he was born to Mr. Kevin Cooper and the late Atiya M. Hargrove-Smith.
He was a member of the Lakewood Macedonia Baptist Church, Lakehurst, NJ, where he was baptized and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. Monti graduated from Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck NJ, PACE at Brookdale Community College, and General Baptist Assembly Youth Ministry, all in 2012. He was employed as a Beauty Cosmetics Consultant at Sally’s Beauty Supply, Howell, NL.
As a regular member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Monti was involved in all the youth ministries, such as the Jr. Usher Board, the Jr. Angelic Choir where he sung as soloist of many songs praising the Lord, and the Lakewood Chapter of the NJ Orators. In other achievements, Monti successfully was named the 2012 New Jersey Orators’ of the Year, the National Orator’ Blacks in Government First Place winner, was crowned the 2012 Cotillion Escort King and served in the Lakewood, Howell and surrounding communities as a member of the Lakewood Chapter of Omega 13.
Monti was not only a seasoned orator, but he also enjoyed writing and poetry. He penned a number of poems for his mother, great grandfather, friends and their families.
Monti loved to sing praises to the Lord. No matter what the season or occasion he found solace in singing and meditating on the lyrics of worship and praise music. Praying and meditating on scriptures was also his source of strength. Monti often shared the Word with others through social media, declaring the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord.
He will forever be remembered and cherished by his beloved family, grandmother, Evelyn J. Hargrove, great grandmother, Aim M. Hargrove, aunts, Malisa Hargrove, Lynnette Hargrove, Lena Jackson, Keyisha, and Pam Cooper, uncles, Bowman Caldwell, Wayne Moore, and Ronald Jackson, brothers, Kenneth L. Reeves Jr., Xavier H. Hargrove, Keion Cooper, father, Kevin Cooper, sisters, Amelia Cooper, Avyanna Cooper, Diana Smith, and a host of cousins and friends.
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