William H. “Bill” Copeland, 94, passed away on July 18, 2012, just six months after his and Nina’s 70th wedding anniversary.
Bill, one of eight children of W.H. Copeland Sr., and Pearl Clifford Copeland, was born in Lubbock and raised in nearby Ropesville. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant, returning to the area to farm near Meadow, where he and Nina raised their four children. In 1968, he and Nina moved to Chandler in East Texas, where he raised cattle. His love for farming and ranching stayed with him all his life. Even in his 80s, he delighted in riding his lawnmower over their enormous lawn in Chandler. “Papa Bill” was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After his retirement, he and Nina lived in Tyler, and in 2007, they moved to Amarillo to be near their daughter Gloria and her family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; three sisters; and his son, Jeff Copeland.
He is survived by his wife, Nina Copeland of Amarillo; daughter, Gloria Gage of Clarendon; son, Richard Copeland and wife Norma of Fort Worth; son, Tom Copeland and wife Ginger of Dale; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Krebbs of Lubbock.
The wonderful staffs of Ware Memorial Care Center and BSA Hospice deserve special thanks for their kindnesses and care to the entire Copeland family.
Memorial donations may be made to Chandler First United Methodist Church, Box 69, Chandler, 75758; or to Chandler Cemetery Fund, Box 1822, Chandler, 75758.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Chandler Memorial Cemetery with Dr. Stan Copeland officiating under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.