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Howard Henry Copley, 91, died peacefully April 20, 2013, in Winter Haven. Born on October 9, 1921, in Durham, NC, he was the son of Howard Henry Copley and Ola Jane Parker Copley. He started work at a very early age helping his mother and father in farming tobacco, working sunup to sundown. Howard attended public school in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Upon graduation he moved from North Carolina to Virginia in the fall of 1938 to attend Roanoke National Business College. After graduation, Howard worked as an accountant in Virginia prior to joining the Army Air Corps in 1943, where he served overseas as a navigator on B-17 bombers during the war. Upon discharge from the Army in Florida in 1945, Howard remained in Miami to live and work until 1990, when he semi-retired with his beloved Hazel to Ormond Beach. In Miami, Howard joined a diversified company that operated automobile dealerships, finance companies, insurance agencies and owning and operating hotels in Miami, Jamaica, and the French Riviera. He performed various roles throughout his tenure finally serving as general manager. In 1978 he became a licensed Real Estate Broker dealing primarily in the sale and purchase of land. Howard was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Hazel Kirk Copley. He is survived by his loving family: son Bradford H., Winter Haven; daughter Cathy Copley-Woods, Branford; daughter-in-law Karen; six granddaughters; five great-grandsons; one great-grand-daughter. Howard loved spending time with his family and friends. He will most be remembered for his honesty and integrity, strong work ethic, warm and generous nature, and especially his engaging sense of humor. He loved to garden, to eat delicious food, and to tell stories. Laughter was his friend; those who think of him always remember him laughing. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Interment will be at Volusia Memorial Park, Ormond Beach, immediately following the service. Viewing will be Saturday, one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 25, 2013.
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April 25, 2013
The Copley family has been a part of the Howard family's lives since the late 1940's when we all moved into our little after war neighborhood in Miami - the Copleys' from the South, the Howards' from the North. Then both families moved to what is now called Pinecrest, was then called "the sticks".

Our father, John, and "Cop", as the adults called him, were cut from the same cloth and remained the dearest of friends until John passed away in 1996. Mr. Copley came to upstate NY for John's funeral and gave our family the comfort that only he could provide. Mom stayed in touch with Mr. Copley until she passed away in 2011 at the lovely age of 98.

Now, with Mr. Copley's passing, we all feel that a golden age has passed, and we have our many memories and stories to sustain us in our "golden years". One of the most fun memories is of the Christmas that John & Mr. Copley called the president of NBC (how did they get the number?) and sang over the phone - as their audition to get on the hit show "Hootenanny". I wish I could remember what song it was! Our deepest sympathy to Cathy, Brad and all of their children and grandchildren and friends. And rest in peace you dear, dear friend. Love always, Susan Howard (Eldest remaining Howard sibling who is the same, almost exact age as Cathy.)
April 25, 2013
Howard was a wonderful, caring man who had a positive influence on everyone he came in contact with. It was my pleasure to have known him. He will be truly missed. With deepest sympathy in your loss.
Joy Spence - Receptionist, Bishop's Glen
April 24, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sheila Tindle
April 23, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Howard's family. We both treasure the happy years we spent living next to Howard and sharing our lives, families and Christian witness with one another. He was a true and treasured friend. May he rest in the arms of the Lord with his beloved Hazel
Hal andBarbara Marks
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