Coley Copeland Jr.

Published 10:58 pm Friday, December 3, 2010

Coley Copeland Jr., 70, of 804 West Constance Road, Suffolk, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was a native of Nansemond County and the son of the late Coley Copeland Sr. and Alice Croker Copeland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Rodgers Copeland; two sisters, Mary Francis Taliaferro and Dorothy Godwin; and two brothers, Wilbert Croker and Thomas J. Newby.

Coley Copeland Jr.

He retired from Planters Peanut Company. He was a member of Healing Chapel Baptist Church and was a Deacon Emeritus, in the Male Chorus, Men’s Fellowship, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Boy Scouts of America.

He leaves to cherish his memory: three daughters, Shirley A. Whitfield, Sonya A. Copeland, Tina L. Copeland, all of Suffolk; one stepdaughter, Alice B. Rodgers Demps, of Portsmouth, Va.; four sons, Coley Copeland III, of Newport News, Va., Leroy C. Copeland, of Williamsburg, Benjamin D. Copeland, of Suffolk, and Randy P. Copeland, of Virginia Beach, Va.; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florine Copeland-Mason, of Philadelphia, Pa., Eunice Wiggins and Florence Robinson, both of Suffolk; an aunt, Mattie Copeland Robinson; devoted friend, Vivian Hite; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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A funeral service will be held at noon, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 at Healing Chapel Baptist Church, 2375 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, officiated by Pastor Morris L. Allmond Sr. Interment will be in Christian Home Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 2802 E. Washington St., Suffolk. Crocker Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at