H. Gaylan Cope, 73, of Booneville, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 15, 2012, at home.
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He was born April. 21, 1938, in Granby, MO, a son of Harry and Virginia Cope. On Dec. 23, 1989, in Arkansas, he married Suzanne Sims, who survives of the home.
He graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School, Boonville, MO in 1957; graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Political Science and History in 1961; and a Masters' Degree of Divinity and Theology in 1980 from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO. He moved to Arkansas in 1982.
Gaylan served in the Army National Guard, and also worked 35 years in the Methodist ministry. In 2005 he retired but continued to be active as the pastor of Washburn United Methodist Church, Washburn, AR until his death. Gaylan devoted his life to the service of others and was dearly loved by family and friends.
Also surviving are four brothers, Greg Cope and wife, Connie, of Omaha, Nebraska; Reggie Cope, and wife, Ellen; Danny Cope, and wife, Mary, all of Sedalia; and Jonathan Cope, and his wife, Julia, of Springfield; two daughters, Debbie Williams, of Blue Springs; Lisa Middlebrooks, and husband, Tom, of Springfield; two step-sons; five grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the First Methodist Church, Booneville, AR, with the Revs. Sam Williams, Jr. and Gerald Hollaway officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Roberts' Funeral Home, Booneville, AR.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2012