Private graveside services for L.J. “Jerry” Copeland, 94, will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Temple Cemetery, Temple, Okla.
 The son of the late J.W. Copeland and Bernettie Estelle (South) Copeland, Jerry was born on Feb. 15, 1925 in Temple and passed away on May 7, 2019 in a Ardmore nursing facility.
He and the former Alexia Shipman were married on May 5, 1971 at Vernon, Texas. They had celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this year.  
 A resident of the Lone Grove and Ardmore area since 1968, he moved here from New Mexico. Jerry grew up in Temple. In 1952, Jerry began a lengthy career with Exxon that would expand over 30 plus years, retiring in 1983 as a lease operator. He enjoyed music, either listening, playing both the guitar and fiddle.
Survivors include his loving wife, Alexia; son, Mike Copeland and wife Shirley of Ardmore; step-daughters, Rebecca Graves and husband Jerry of Lone Grove and TiaJuna Jones from Ringling; brother,  Kenneth Copeland of Enos; two grandchildren, Scott and Keith and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Wayne Copeland; brothers, Oral, Oliver, Mancel and Haskell Copeland; sisters, Lois Sorrels, Era Vantine, Juanita Kiddy, and Lavauna Rush.
Services are under the direction of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory.
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