Henry Barns Copenhaver passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 24, 2013 at Warm Hearthâ€™s Kroontje Health Care Center in Blacksburg. He was 92. Born to Henry Baker and Paula Fern Spencer Copenhaver on Sept. 20, 1920 in Pounding Mill, Virginia, he was predeceased by his parents, his son, Robert Jackson, and by his sister, Fern Barban, and brothers, William Pierce, Jackson Spencer, and Paul Milford. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia Harris Brawner Copenhaver of Blacksburg, a stepson, Elwin I. Brawner of Bald Head Island, NC, and three grandchildren, William Matthews Brawner of Raleigh, NC, Melissa Brawner Reis of Richmond, Elizabeth Whitney Brawner of Bald Head Island, NC, and by three great-grandchildren. Mr. Copenhaver was a 1941 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and served in the US Army in Europe in World War II. He retired following 40 years of service with the Federal Land Bank and was a past-CEO of Farm Credit in Roanoke, Va. A memorial service was held at McCoy Funeral Home at 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg, at 11 am on Friday, March 29. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 80 College Street, Suite M, Christiansburg, Va., 24073, or to Warm Hearth Foundation, 1000 Litton Lane, Blacksburg, Va., 24060, will be greatly appreciated.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2013