Funeral services for Charles Arnold Copeland, age 69, of Buffalo were held Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 3 PM at the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Rev. Kevin Gilmore, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial followed in the Dew Cemetery. Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charles Copeland was born in Freestone County November 3, 1940 to John Copeland, Sr. and his wife, Bettie (Vann) Copeland. He was raised in Buffalo and lived most of his life in the Lanely Community in south Freestone County just north of Buffalo. His church membership was at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church. He retired as a dragline operator at TXU coal mine near Fairfield. Charles married Emma Ruth Dawson on August 2, 1957. They celebrated their 52nd anniversary this past year.
Charles Copeland was strictly a family man and did not like to travel anywhere unless he could be with family and friends. He dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a professional Coon Hunter and served as treasurer of the Texas State Coon Hunters Association. Charles Copeland touched the lives of many young men by introducing them to Coon Hunting. He often gave Coon Dog puppies to the youngsters in order to help them get a start in hunting.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe Lee Copeland and Don Copeland and two sisters, Faye Watson and Sue Waters. He passed away at his home on December 31, 2009.
Surviving Charles Cope- land are his wife, Emma Copeland of the Lanely Community; a son, David Copeland of the Lanely Community; three daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Brian Hughes of Fairfield, Patsy and David Walker of Fairfield and Kathy and Mark Hull of Teague; three brothers, John Copeland, Jr. of Conroe, Barton Copeland of Grand Prairie and Earnest Copeland of Scurry, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jeff Hughes and wife, Misty, Erin Harris and husband, Kurt, James Compton and wife, Kim, Steven Hull and wife, Beth, Shelley Baxter and husband, Andrew, Bradly Walker, Charlie Hull and Kristen Copeland and five great grandchildren, Payton, Allie, Mason, Cole and Tristan.
Pallbearers: Wesley Henson, Jeffrey Hartley, Steve Ward, Guy Manning, Tyree Gatson and Jim Daniel. Honorary Pallearers: Craig Graham, Troy Cox, Glenn St. John, Earl Odom, Ebb Hayne, Howard Myers and Calvin Williams.
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