Mrs. Copeland was born on June 10, 1931 in Bertie County. She met the Lord in Heaven on October 6, 2009 at Duke Hospital after a long and courageous battle with heart failure. She was the daughter of the late Cecil Jernigan and Whittie Bazemore Jernigan. Twin sister of Ivy Jean Jernigan Callis(deceased). Mrs. Copeland is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edward T. Copeland, Sr.; her living children, Edward T. Copeland, Jr. and Peggy Esther Copeland McLean; five grandchildren, Edward T. Copeland III ‘Tripp’, Thomas Herbert Copeland, Anne Stephenson McLean, Augustus Lloyd Copeland McLean, and Joseph William Copeland. Mrs. Copeland was a graduate of Ahoskie High School and attended Louisburg College. She was the Third Sweetheart of the Delta Nu Chapter of Sigma Chi of Wake Forest College in 1951. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, North Carolina. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was a volunteer school nurse during her children’s school days. She was a cancer survivor and served on the Comprehensive Cancer Board at Duke University. Mrs. Copeland was a volunteer for the Heart Research Fund. She was a member of the Coral Bay Club of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina where she spent her summers at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery. Rev. Chuck Callis will officiate.
Serving as Pallbearers are Edward Thornton Copeland III, Thomas Herbert Copeland, Joseph William Copeland, Augustus Lloyd Copeland McLean, Harrell Derring Copeland Jr., Wallace Overton McKeel Jr., William Herndon Mast and Owen Keith Tharrington. Honorary Pallbearers are Dale Lamon Miller, Fredrick Lewis Myers, Carlyle Averett Morris and George Rose Watkins.
Memorials can be made to Hertford County Relay for Life, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.