Clarence 'Larry' Copeland
Clarence "Larry" Copeland, USAF SMSGT Retired, 71, of Elmore passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his residence.
Larry was born in 1942 to Edna Catherine and Clarence Collier Copeland in Gadsden. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1961, where he played football and had been an active member of the graduating class reunions.
Growing up in Decatur, he had six brothers and a sister, Reba Nell Decker-deceased (Gadsen), Billy Collier Copeland (Hartselle), James Edward Copeland (Hartselle), Robert Earl Copeland (Hartselle), Roger Dale Copeland- deceased (Decatur), Jimmy Wayne Copeland (Odenville) and Ronald Shawn Copeland (Birmingham).
Larry earned his master's of human resources management degree from Troy State University in Montgomery on June 10, 1998, received his bachelor's degree June 10, 1996, and four other associates degrees.
Larry joined the United States Air Force on June 15, 1961; completed basic training at Lackland AFB, TX and attended personnel technical school at Greenville AFB, MS. In 1967, he volunteered for "Project Lime Light" duty and was assigned to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam. He has numerous military decorations and awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two devices, Air Force Achievement Medal with one device, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven devices, Combat Readiness Medal.
He loved golfing, fishing, playing poker, Alabama football, spending time with his friends, and most importantly being with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Angela Scott Copeland; his daughters, Patricia Ellen Copeland Ray (Jeff) of Decatur, Kathryn Marie Copeland of Decatur, and Marcey Lee Copeland Hill of Hartselle, and their exchange student who became their son, Sergei Sviridov of Montgomery; three stepchildren, Monica Louise Jordan (Jeff, deceased) of Montgomery, Jewell Michele Evans (Tom) of Birmingham and Mark Ernest Keesee (Michelle) of Atlanta. Grandchildren include Sydney Paige Shumaker of Decatur, Joseph "Hunter" Shumaker of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffrey "Dylan" Ray of Decatur, Daniel Shane Perry of Hartselle, Steven Andrew "Drew" Hill, AshLee Marie Hill and Zoe Paige Hill, all of Trinity; stepgranchildren are Jeff Michael Jordan and Savannah Michele Jordan of Montgomery, Julian Robert Evans, Nolan Thomas Evans and Emma Jewell Evans, all of Birmingham, and Luke James Keesee of Atlanta; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Raelyn Annelise Chavis of Montgomery.
Larry will be memorialized with military honors on Friday, March 14th at Shelton Funeral Home in Decatur. The family will receive visitors from 2 to 3 p.m. with the memorial service beginning at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his honor.
Shelton Funeral Home
2105 Beltline Rd Sw Decatur, AL 35601
Published in the Decatur Daily on Mar. 12, 2014