James Hoyle Copeland, 82, of Roswell, passed away on March 2, 2011, in the comfort of his family home. At his request, there will be no services. Mr. Copeland was able to stay in the comfort of his home with the help of his wife Dorothy, grandson Seth Copeland, and the assistance of Hospice (Vista Care) and Comfort Keepers (Sheila). James was born July 6, 1928, in Lee County, Miss., to James Samuel and Sallie Mae Copeland, who preceded him in death.
James retired from the Air Force in 1966 and was a 100 percent DAV. He and his family traveled the world while in the Air Force. James pursed his hobby of square dance calling for many years and owned the Do-Si-Do store in Memphis, Tenn., for several years and again retired and moved to his home town of Shannon, Miss., where he still has family and friends. He married Dorothy Lou McMahon on June 6, 1947.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy; two daughters, Betty J. Copeland-Pareo (Luther), of Roswell, and Theresa A. Copeland of Spotsylvania, Va.; and son James D. Copeland (Linda), of Nogales, Ariz.; three grandsons, Seth, Ian and Matthew, all of Arizona. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Joy), of Kentucky; and three sisters, Mildred Christian, Jeanette Simpson and Elizabeth Lindley, all of Mississippi.
James was preceded in death by two sisters, Loretta Perry, of Nashville, Tenn., and Mevaline Allen, of Shannon. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and his beloved dog Ling Chu, who slept by his bed throughout his illness. All arrangements are in the capable hands of the Ballard Funeral Home.