Isabelle Coppedge

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Daily Press
August 6, 2006


With her family by her side, Isabelle V. Coppedge went to her heavenly home on Monday, July 31, 2006, after a long illness. She was a resident of the Brian Rehabilitation Center on Fayetteville Road, Durham, N.C., at the time of her death.

Born May 15, 1919, in Halifax County, N.C., Isabelle was a lifelong resident of Newport News, Va. Her first husband, James Luke Valentine, predeceased her in May, 1969. She married her second husband, Julius Coppedge, in October, 1974. Julius predeceased her in November, 1988.

Isabelle was also predeceased by her mother, Jane Emma Daniels, and her only sibling, a brother, Junious Vincent Daniels.

When her health began to fail, Isabelle moved to Durham, N.C., in 1998 to live with stepdaughter and son-in-law, Elaine Coppedge Hyman and Clency Hyman. Her son-in-law, Clency, managed her overall care and was a patient and loving caregiver until she became a resident of the Friendly Rest Home, an Assisted Living Facility, earlier this year.

A retiree of the Newport News Public School system, Isabelle remained true to her Christian faith. She was a member in good standing of the Miracle Temple Baptist Church, Newport News, Va., until her health declined. One of her favorite pastimes during her years in North Carolina was singing old gospel hymns and worshipping Christ. It was her Christian faith that kept her strong even when dementia slowly began to rob her of her memories.

In the end, with a kiss on her forehead from her granddaughter, Anissa Hyman, and a moment that passed in the blink of an eye, Isabelle transitioned to her eternal home.

Surviving are her stepdaughters, Elaine Coppedge Hyman (Clency) of Durham, N.C., and Joan Coppedge of Richmond, Va. Other survivors include grandchildren, Anissa Hyman of Durham, N.C., Monica Coppedge Booth (Darryl) of Hampton, Va., and twins, Alvenia and Alvernon Coppedge of Hampton, Va.

A graveside memorial service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 10, at Hampton Memorial Gardens, Hampton, Va., where her remains will be interred.

Arrangements were entrusted to Capital Funeral Home of Raleigh, N.C.

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