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Mr. John A. Copeland, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center of Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. The son of Albert & Pearl (Drake) Copeland, he was born on Feb. 19, 1915. He married Elizabeth Calista Betty Bower, at her parents home, on Sept. 4, 1937.

Together, they raised two children, and were life-long members of the First Baptist Church in Greenville. Although John took great pride in farming, he also worked for Wolverine World Wide at their plants in Greenville and Rockford. When production switched from gloves to shoes at the Greenville plant, John had the distinct honor of making the first pair of shoes. He retired as supervisor of the cutting department after 35 years of service. A devoted husband and father, he found his greatest pleasure in his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers and sisters; and his wife, Betty Copeland on Oct. 8, 2006. Surviving are a daughter, Lynda Lake; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger & Jackie Copeland, all of Greenville; four grandchildren, Rick Copeland, Ken & Judy Copeland, John & KD Lake, Leslee & Chad Emmons; nine great grandchildren (with the tenth on the way), Christopher, Mykalia, and Kendra Copeland, Taylor John, Olivia, Peyton, and Cooper Lake, and Kennedy Elizabeth and Keegan Emmons; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, corner of W. Washington and S. Franklin, Greenville, with burial following at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Visitation is Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Instead of flowers, John would have appreciated contributions to the First Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Johns online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above. The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, Greenville, is serving the family and was entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on October 3, 2007 at 12:00 am


    11/12/2007 –

    Sharon Ekin

    Dear Lynda, Roger, and Jackie,
    Jack and I send our condolences to the family. Uncle John was a part of your daily lives. I know how much you loved him and that you will miss him so much. I know Uncle John would want us to remember the happy times. I do remember how he liked to tease me and the sparkle he had in his eyes when he smiled. He was always gentle and kind to me. I am so glad I was able to see him and Aunt Betty in 2006. I also remember how he looked at Aunt Betty with love in his eyes. At least now they will be together again. I will miss them both.
    May God’s love and your memories of Uncle John comfort you.
    Sharon and Jack
    PS We have been in Japan since Sept. 15th, so I did not get Pat’s phone message right away. Today (11/12/07) I received a copy of Uncle John’s Funeral Service and his obituary from the Daily Camera that Pat sent to my Colorado address. This is how I found out about this nice website.

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