Obituary: Bernard Francis Copeland

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 1:19 PM EDT
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Bernard F. Copeland Jr., 62, of Elizabeth, died September 25, 2020 with his loved ones by his side at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV.

Per his wishes a cremation will take place and no services will be held at this time. A celebration of life and a spreading of ashes may be held at a later date.

Bernard or known by some as Francis/Francie was born May 11, 1958 to Bernard Copeland Sr. and Margaret Copeland whom preceded him in death. Bernard was the youngest of 7 siblings. Donnie, Freddie, Pete and Burt Copeland also preceded him in death. His surviving siblings are Patricia Campbell of West Lafayette, Ohio and Bill Copeland of Bolivar, Ohio. Bernard is also survived by 3 children and 9 grandchildren; Sons Nathaniel F. Copeland and Steven W. Copeland of Coshocton, Ohio and his daughter Kaila M. Copeland Rodrigues of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and grandchildren Leah, Aaron, Blake, Katelynn, Sophia, Bentley, Mason, Cristiano and Roselynn. Although still a resident of Ohio he spent the last years of his life in Elizabeth, West Virginia with his girlfriend, of nearly 15 years, Karen Dooley Smith.

Bernard spent a good portion of his life behind the steering wheel of semi-truck and trailer. Although he hated being on the road at times it was one of the things he wished he could do again after beating cancer. Before driving truck, he was a welder and worked on construction projects around Ohio including bridges and bank additions. When he wasn’t on the road or turning wrenches he could probably be found sitting around a fire with family and friends.

Bernard will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him. He fought to the very end of life.

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Condolences and contributions can also be sent to; Bernard Copeland C/O Nathan Copeland, 1020 Cambridge Road, Coshocton, OH 43812

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