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John Copeland

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

BLOOMFIELD - John S. Copeland, 92, died Nov. 1, 2004, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield.

Born June 27, 1912, at Westville, Okla., son of the late Jesse J. and Lana Peden Copeland, he was a self-employed lumberjack and was of the Baptist belief.

He and Vesta Mills were married at Harrison, Ark., and she preceded him in death on June 14, 1999.

Survivors include: four sons, Jesse L. Copeland of Jacksonville, Fla., Johnnie Earl Copeland and James C. Copeland of Harrison and Alton Copeland of Dexter; three daughters, Hazle M. Pearson of Long Beach, Calif., and Wilma Copeland and Dorthy McNair of Oklahoma City; and 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Also preceding him in death were one daughter, Maudie McBride; one brother, Raymond Copeland; and two sisters, Nellie Wishon and Maudie McTear.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Kevin Chenoweth will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Hagy Cemetery at Dexter.