H Milton Copeland Sr
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Chesapeake - "He who works in a garden works hand in hand with God", Howard Milton Copeland Sr., 90, went to be with the Lord May 9, 2013 to join his sweetheart wife of 63 years Faye Odom Copeland. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Copeland he was one of six children and the last surviving sibling. He was born in Pamplico, S.C. and raised in Florence, S.C. Milton and Faye made their home in Chesapeake for the past 57 years. Milton was a man who loved to share his wisdom; he had an extremely quick wit and thoroughly enjoyed his family and friends. He was a dedicated gardener and also loved time with his sons and son-in-law when it included a day of "Fly Fishing." He ran a successful business, Alcoa Home Improvements, for 22 years. Milton served his community as an active member of the Lions Club for many years and a notary republic. Milton was an Army veteran of WWII who was stationed in France and served in Europe. A quote from a war publication from Milton's Lt. Col stated, "This war may be forgotten along with the great achievements of many soldiers, but we will always remember that we, of the 704th, have a reason to be proud." Milton attended Indian River Baptist Church with his wife Faye. Faye was the love of Milton's life; he often stated "Marrying Faye was the best decision of my life".
Milton offered fatherly guidance not only to his children but also had a huge impact on the lives of his grandson, Jeremy Copeland and nephew, Curtis Whittington. He was a noted neighborhood "Fixer Man" in his younger days, he often fixed a many a bike, lawnmower, garden tool or broken toy for children and neighbors. He made sure the neighborhood children had a baseball field to play on, providing fencing, bases and keeping the grass cut. He prided himself in keeping a well manicured lawn and growing amazing vegetables in his garden. He enjoyed time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren sharing his quick wits and sharp memory. However, his wife Faye was always the center of his world; Milton lost the love of his life Faye on March 15, 2013. He missed her dearly.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Patricia Faye Copeland Givens and husband, John; sons, Howard Milton Copeland Jr., wife, Lynn; Mark Curtis Copeland, wife, Xiamei; Andrew Brett Copeland. Milton and Faye had five grandchildren, Ashley Givens Cross, Jeremy Copeland, Chandler Kwarta, Casey Copeland and Faye Copeland; also step granddaughter, Yuxin. They also have six great grandchildren, Spencer, Wesley, and Graham Cross, Bryce and Blake Copeland and Madelyn Kwarta.
A service to celebrate his life Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Indian River Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Kirk officiating. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Riverside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please visit his book of memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com to leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 12, 2013