Everett L. Cooper, 64, a retired detective sergeant with the D.C. Police Department and the first black to be elected president of the D. C. Policemen's Association, died of renal failure Friday at Providence Hospital.

Mr. Cooper joined the department in 1942 and retired in 1973 for medical reasons. In 1971, he was the first black elected president of the policemen's association in its 68-year history. He also was the first president to devote full-time to the office.

A lifelong resident of Washington, Mr. Cooper graduated from the old Armstrong High School and attended the old Miner Teachers College here.

A lifelong member of John Wesley AME Zion Church, he was a church trustee for more than 40 years.He retceived the church's "Man of the Year" award in 1978.

Mr. Cooper was vice president of the International Conference of Police Associations, an honorary member of the D.C. Retired Firemen's Association and a member of the board of trustees of Glenwood Cemetery.

He also was a member and past grand exalted ruler of the Elks and a member of Social Lodge No. 1 of the Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Gwynn, of the home; two daughters, Marjorie C. Ingram, and Everene C. Johnson, a sister, Ellen Evans, all of Washington, and four grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, EVERETT L. COOPER