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LAKELAND - Warren Raymond "Ray" Copeland, 86, of Lakeland Florida passed on to be with his heavenly father on Monday, January 27th, 2014, due to natural causes. He joins his beloved mother, father and brother, Roddy who passed before him.
Ray was born August 4th, 1927 to Candler Calhoun Copeland and Frances Evelyn Copeland, the older of two boys. Ray graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1945.
Ray served his country in Japan for two years in the US Air Force, and then attended the University of Florida, before working at Lykes Pasco Packing Company for more than 25 years as Treasurer. He then worked another 17 years at HESCO in Waverly, Florida until his retirement as Secretary-Treasurer. Ray was active in a number of civic and city organizations in Dade City, where he lived for over 25 years and raised his family. He retired to the Winter Haven - Lakeland area remaining close to family and friends. Ray spent his leisure time enjoying many sports: baseball; softball; tennis; and golf; and eventually focused his passion on golf over his remaining years.
Ray was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and was endeared by many friends and co-workers over the years. He was recognized by everyone as a man of integrity, whose handshake was as good as his word, and who could always be counted upon through any of life's travails. This characteristic trait was passed on to and instilled in his children, and could be counted upon by all who knew him. Ray was also friendly and quick witted, and elicited many smiles on the faces of all who had the honor of knowing him. He was a leader by his example, taking all of life's challenges in characteristic stride; someone that others could be proud to follow and emulate. He loved being with his family and watching all the generations come into their own. He especially loved his time with his wife wherever they were and traveling together held a special place in his heart.
Ray was married 63 years to the love of his life, Mary Alice, by whom he is survived along with two sons, Preston and Neil; his daughter, Marcie; grandchildren, Michael, Preston, Bradley, Weston, Logan; and great-grandchildren Will, Tinsley, Liam and Levi.
A small family service will be held to honor Ray as he so justly deserves. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Cornerstone Hospice or a
in his name. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so on line at http://www.yourtribute.com/ .
Published in Ledger from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014