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Gene Copeland

James Eugene “Gene” Copeland, 94, resident of 217 Noble Drive husband of Rosemary Hodges Copeland passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020.

Born Oct. 20, 1926 he was a son of the late Guy Hunter Copeland and Margaret Stewart Copeland.

Gene was a 1948 graduate of Presbyterian College with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He received his Masters Degree in English and Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He continued his education taking classes at Furman University. He served as Principal at Sharon School as well as Langley Milliken School. Gene proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Gene Co-Founded the Special Ed program at Sharon school and founded the Adult education program at Abbeville High School. He was a member of Abbeville Presbyterian Church and former Elder. He taught the Men’s Bible Class and especially loved teaching the Young People’s Class. Gene was a mason and member of The Clinton Lodge #3 AFM. He was an avid bird hunter and enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. He was active in his community having coached a number of different baseball teams. The family would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Keith Scott and the staff of Agape Hospice of South Carolina for their compassionate care.

Survivors include: his beloved wife of 70 years Rosemary Hodges Copeland of the home; a son Johnny Copeland of Abbeville, SC; a sister Esse Ericksen of Abbeville, SC; grandchildren John Rhett Copeland and Missy Williams (Bruce) both of Abbeville, SC; great-grandchildren Seth and Brice Williams and Alayna and EmmaKate Copeland.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Marcia Lynn Copeland.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday Nov. 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM in Abbeville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Rowell and Chaplin Kevin Garrison officiating. The burial will follow in Long Cane Cemetery. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic face mask will be required.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at the church in the Telford Parlor. The family is at the home 217 Noble Drive, Abbeville, SC.

Memorials in memory of Gene may be made to Abbeville Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Main St. Abbeville, SC 29620 or to Agape Hospice of South Carolina, 326 Montague Ave. Greenwood, SC 29649.

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Condolences to the family. He was a very kind man.

Beth Clay Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Copeland Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
With Love, Sandy and Harby Williams

Harby Williams Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

Good man..Mr. Copeland inspired me to pursue higher education, I did. He also paid for my lunch many times at Sharon School. I'll never forget and alway be grateful that he was in my life. RIP...GOD BELSS TO THE FAMILY !

Doug Minor Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

We are so saddened by the passing of this great gentleman. Mr. Copeland was my teachers and principal at Sharon School, helping to create wonderful memories. He was a member of our cbirch, a great influence and man of honor. Heaven has welcomed home a man of God.

Tom and Mary Jane Trainor Nov 16 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Copeland Family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Tom & Marie South Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

We are sure saddened by the passing of Mr. Copeland. Janine and I so fondly remember our times at Sharon School with Mr. Copeland as our principal and our teacher. He so positively impacted our lives and those of so many more ! We also remember his greetings and humor at church. He was a great man and we feel so blessed for having known him.
Mrs. Copeland, Johnny and family you are in our most sincere prayers.

Charles & Janine Fleming Nov 13 2020 12:00 AM

Rosemary and family, Mr. Copeland taught me seventh grade social studies at Sharon. My mother, Frances, was also a teacher there; therefore, I never got into any "trouble." Certainly not in Mr. Copeland's class. As I remember he was always fun to be around and taught a good class. May God's Grace sustain each of you during this sad and difficult time. Rest In Peace, Mr. Copeland.

Frank and Laura Sutherland Nov 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was an amazing man.

Kathy M Hall Nov 12 2020 12:00 AM

To the Copeland Family, Please know how sorry I am to learn of Mr. Copelands' passing. He was Principal at Sharon School when I went in my younger days and also taught me in the sixth grade. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Nancy W. Reece Nov 12 2020 12:00 AM

Even though our ages arent now far apart , I have always called Gene Mr. Copeland because he earned my respect from day one as one of his first students at Sharon . Oh did we love him and all the girls adored him. We had a lot of fun and learned at the same time . Our sympathy goes out to Rosemary and family!

Ansel and Elizabeth Bradberry Nov 12 2020 12:00 AM

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