Benjamin M. COPELAND Sr.

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HAMPTON - Benjamin M. Copeland Sr., 74, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
A native and lifelong resident of Hampton, he retired as a machinist from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Shop 06, in 1993, after 26 years of service. He was a member of Hampton Baptist Church, Senior Steward for the Metal Trades Council of the Machinists Union, a member of the Hampton Roads Bird Club, the VSO, and the Cape Henry Audubon Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Leonis Copeland; his brother, Roy A Stutts; and his sister, Jeanie Stutts Strachan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Cleek Copeland; his daughter, Charlotte Copeland Dillow (George) of Hampton; his son, Ben Copeland Jr. (Yvette) of Carrollton; five grandchildren, Cody and Mary Katherine Dillow, and Forrest, Gunnar and Brooke Copeland; his brother, Richard L. Stutts of Hampton; his brothers-in-law, James W, Strachan Sr. of Pamplin, Va., Forrest Cleek (Carol) of Haymarket, Va., and Pat Hoke of Allentown, Pa.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Hampton Baptist Church, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Park will take place at 2:30 p.m., following the reception.
Memorials may be made to the Hampton Baptist Church Building Fund, 40 King's Way, Hampton, VA 23669; or the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, c/o Marty Edmonds, Treas., 2805 Ann Johnson Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2012
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