Jimmy Copeland

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Jimmy Copeland of Conroe, Texas went to be with the Lord on November 26, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born March 28, 1932 in Marquez, Texas. He married Shirley Keilers Copeland on November 12, 1961 and they had two daughters, Rita and Kim. He moved his family to Conroe, Texas in 1972 where he had a career in the car business. He and his wife opened a Chrysler dealership in Navasota, Texas in 1978, and later opened two dealerships: Dodge City and Jimmy Copeland Chrysler Jeep in Tomball, Texas. He became known as "Paw Paw" to the Houston and College Station area because of his "Come See Paw Paw" television commercials with his four grandchildren Amanda, Jared, Madison, and Makenzie. He enjoyed playing and singing real country music, saltwater fishing, spending time with his family, and telling stories to his children and grandchildren.

Prior to settling down and focusing on the car business he graduated from Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia as a qualified paratrooper, and that is where his name changed to Jimmy and his music career began. He won a singing contest on the radio while off base without permission, and when they asked his name he knew he would get into trouble if he shared his real name. He quickly gave them the name of Jimmy Copeland. He came back to Texas and organized a western dance and show band. He was also a disk jockey for KIKK radio in Houston, and in 1962 he was named Mr. DJ USA at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jimmy Copeland Band played many top spots in the nation on their own as well as touring with some of the biggest names in the business. He had many hit songs and a country music television show that aired on Channel 26 in Houston in the early seventies. He decided to get off the road for a while so he could spend more time with his family and took steady jobs at several of Houston's biggest western clubs Dancetown USA, Equire Ballroom, and Breezeway. That is when a car dealer talked him into selling cars in the afternoon, and his career in the car business began.

Jimmy was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Shriners.

He is survived by Shirley Keilers Copeland his loving wife of 53 years, two daughters and sons-in-law Rita and Larry Hejl and Kim and Ronald Liston, grandchildren Amanda and husband Jared Nuss, Jared Hejl, Madison Liston, Makenzie Liston, and Crystal Relf, from daughter Cathy, and many other family and friends.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Selman Perry Copeland and Thekla Winn Butler, daughter Cathy Copeland Relf, from his previous marriage, his grandmother Lou Weta Winn, and his brother William Butler.

The visitation is on Tuesday, December 2 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, and the funeral service is Wednesday, December 3 at 2 pm, followed by burial and a small reception at Forest Park Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 North Frontage Road, The Woodlands, Texas 77384 (936)321-5155.

Pallbearers are Jared Hejl, Makenzie Liston, Jared Nuss, Ronald Hatchett, Buddy Winn, Wendell Keilers, Allen Keilers, Byron Keilers, Kevin Alaniz, Jacob Gonzales, and honorary Pall Bearer Joe Copeland.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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