Shirley D. Copeland

Published 5:09 pm Friday, March 26, 2021

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“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10.

Shirley D. Copeland, 83, departed this earth on March 25, 2021. Shirley was born on Feb. 4, 1938, to the late Robert Lee Walker and Georgia Walker Simmons. Shirley retired from Planters. She was a faithful member of the New Mount Joy FFLM where she worked in the capacity of the Hospitality, Mothers Board and the Senior Choir. She was a lover of people and God knows she considered no one a stranger. She had a heart of gold, but most importantly she loved the Lord with all of her heart.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Zollie Copeland Jr.; son, Ronnie L. Copeland; and daughter LaNita Wiggins. She is survived by four sons, Sylvester Walker(Barbara), Kent W.Copeland (Tabitha) of Portsmouth, Rickey Copeland (Audrey) of Georgia, and Clinton D. Copeland (Utah); three daughters, Maxine Copeland (Ronald), Celestine Knight (Gary), and Beverly Walker (Johnnie) of Portsmouth; sister-in-law, Evelyn Copeland; bro-in-law, James Carson; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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A visitation will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 29 at T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home. A graveside celebration of life will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 30, at Carver Memorial Cemetery. 

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