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Guy Hunter Copeland, Jr., 85, formerly of 850 Douglas Mill Rd. resident of Wylie Hall at Due West retirement Center husband of Margaret Gilliam Copeland died Friday April 7, 2006 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, SC.
He was a son of the late Guy Hunter, Sr. and Margaret Stewart Copeland.
He was born in Clinton, SC and grew up with one sister and three brothers in Abbeville, SC.
Guy attended Erskine College and with the National Guard served in England and North Africa during World War II. He was a paratrooper and trained Pilot. Speaking fluent German, Guy worked in counter Intelligence in Germany during the Cold War in the late 50's. He served in the Korean Conflict and during the Vietnam War, he worked in Intelligence in Thailand inthe mid 60's. He retired from the US Army after 25 years with distinction including the Bronze Star for valor in Korea.
After retirement from the military, Guy graduated from ERskine College earned a Masters Degree in Education from Western Carolina University. He taught history, psycology and economics at Dixie High School in Due West, Abbeville High and Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, SC. He served on the SC Board of Education and served as county coroner in the late 80's.
Guy was a man of great faith and attended church and taught sunday school for many years at Sharon United Methodist Church in Abbeville, SC.
He was an avid angler and boatsman, very interested in history and was an amateur Radio Operator, extraclass level. His inteeigence, his gift of humor and story telling were an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.
Survivors are his wife Margaret Gilliam Copeland of the home a daughter Linda C. Wessels and her husbandThomas A. Wessels of Atlanta, GA; two grandsons Kevin Wessels of Newark, Delaware and his older brother Greg Wessels of Basking Ridge, N.J. and his wife Alison and 2 year old twins Kate and Erica; Guy's 3 brothers Stuart Copeland of Greenwood, SC, Bill Copeland and his wife Jean of Abbeville, SC and Gene Copeland and his wife Rosemary of Abbeville, SC. A sister Esse Erickson and her husband Paul of Abbeville, SC.
Memorials may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 246 Sharon Church Rd. Abbeville, SC 29620.
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