Mary Frances Langston

Published 4:09 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Mary Frances Langston, 81, entered into eternal rest on Sept. 26, 2020, at her home. Mary was a native of Nansemond County.

She retired from the Virginia Department of Health, Suffolk Heath Department, after many years of service and dedication. Mary was a faithful member of Rising St. James PHC where she served as church mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Langston; one son, Tony L. Copeland; sister, Elizabeth Frier; and her parents, Sadie Allen and Oscar Kearney. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Sharon Copeland and Beverly Whitley; five sons, Albert Copeland (Annie), Reginald Copeland, Gerald Copeland Sr. (Dana), Bryan Copeland (Maria), Terry Copeland, and a bonus daughter JoAnn Greene; 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and friends.

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A visitation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive guests respectfully at 1420 Blythewood Lane. A homegoing service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Rising St. James PHC by the Rev. Robert Wilkins, and she will be laid to rest at Carver Memorial Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be extended at Professional services are entrusted to T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home Inc.