Julian "Jack" Staples Coplin
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Julian "Jack" Staples Coplin, died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at JMCGH after battling heart disease and lung cancer.
Jack was born February 4, 1926 to father Charles Gordon Coplin and Lola Marie Staples Coplin. Jack was the middle child of seven children and was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Frances Todd, Dorothy Ellis, Mary Priddy, Omega David; brother, Jim Coplin; son, Danny Coplin.
He is succeded by his beloved wife of 66 years, Martha "Kitty" Higgins Coplin; daughter, Pam Yagoda (Joel); granddaughter, Sarah; daughter-in-law, Cathy Coplin; grandsons, Dillon (Macy) and Dakota (Kelsey); son, Mike (Vickie) and grandsons Luke (Lindsey) and great granddaughters, Adele, Dallas (Courtney) and great granddaughter, Annalyn; sister, Peggy Wood (Ben).
Jack was raised in the Diamond Grove community of Madison County, attending Beech Bluff High School. He entered the Navy in April 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II aboard an L.S.N. as a T/4 Machinist and received his discharge in June 1946.
In January of 1950, Jack began work with the G, M & O Railroad (later became the ICG) and worked as a Switchman for 38 years. He loved the railroad and was saddened to watch the decline of a business that (he felt) had so much to offer.
Jack was a lifetime farmer and gardener and loved the land and his livestock. His love and respect of livestock began at an early age on the farm and working with his uncle, Dr. Lenard Coplin, a well-known veterinarian of the day.
After retirement, Jack (and Martha) were dedicated members of the Beech Bluff Ruritan Club, participating in fundraising to help the community. They were also active in the Rocky Springs Cemetery Association.
Family was always first with Jack. His sons never missed a ballgame or practice because of farm work and, if he could help it, he and Martha rarely missed a ballgame that his sons, daughter, or grandsons were involved in.
The love he had for his family will live forever in us and will only grow as his legacy lives on.
Funeral services for Julian Staples Coplin will be at Lawrence Sorensen Funeral Home at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013 with Bro. Hiram Harrison officiating. Visitation with the family begins at 11:30 a.m.
Pallbearers are Luke Coplin, Dallas Coplin, Dakota Coplin, Dillon Coplin, Bob Ellis, Hollis Matlock, Bob May and Tom Britt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beech Bluff United Methodist Church or
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home, (731) 424-2424
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home
403 East Baltimore Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Published in The Jackson Sun on Nov. 11, 2013