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Edythe Thompson Copeland

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July 9, 1924 — March 15, 2017 Edythe Thompson Copeland of Wilson and Virginia Beach, Virginia, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 surrounded by family. She was born July 9, 1924, daughter of Larry Thompson and Lela Cary Thompson. In addition to her parents, Edythe was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harrell Derring Copeland Sr.; and sons, Harrell Derring Copeland Jr., Henry Neil Copeland and Carey Thompson Copeland. Edythe was a homemaker devoted to her family and friends. She spent most of her life living in Virginia Beach, where she was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed the beach, walking, spending time with family and friends, and had an affection for animals. After the death of her husband, Edythe built a house next to her home place and returned to Wilson. There, she attended Mount Zion United Methodist Church and a Bible study group, where she worshipped her Lord and Savior. She was fortunate to enjoy her independence and excellent health up until her recent illness. She enjoyed spending time with her loving nephew, cousins, Bible study group, friends and siblings. She continued walking the roads of her childhood, loved rocking on her front porch, where she welcomed visitors and feeding/watching a variety of birds. Edythe is survived by her son, James Gregory Copeland (Sandy) of Chesapeake, Virginia; and daughter, Christina Copeland Talley of Virginia Beach, Vriginia; five granddaughters; Tara Copeland Onufrak (Justin), Jessica Leigh Talley, Kelly Copeland Taylor (Darryn), Jennifer Talley Young (Wendell) and Olivia Kari Copeland; two great-grandsons, Lincoln James Onufrak and Colby Russell Young; her brother, A.D. Hicks (Nell); sister-in-law, Edith Thompson; loving nephew, Larry Thompson Daniel; niece, Jennifer Ferrell; dear friend, Ellen Warren and family; and numerous other friends, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 5326 London Church Road, Elm City. Her remains will rest with her family in Ahoskie. The family wishes to thank the special people who cared for Edythe at Wilson Memorial Hospital and Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may direct them to Mount Zion United Methodist Church.