March 30, 1928
J. F. Copeland is dead in home in Victoria Avenue
Retired merchant of Hampton passed away early yesterday morning from stroke of paralysis
Joseph Franklin Copeland, 70 years old, retired tinware and stove merchant of Hampton, died yesterday morning at 3:30 o’clock in his home at the corner of Victoria and Armistead Avenues. Mr. Copeland was stricken with paralysis Tuesday morning and never regained consciousness. He had been in failing health for a few months, but was able to continue his activities until Monday evening, when he retired and apparently his usual health.
The funeral services will be held from the Hampton Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock and will be in charge of the pastor, the Rev. John H. Garber. Interment will be made in St. John’s Cemetery.
The pallbearers will be:
Active: T. C. Cooke, R. C. Winne, R. V. Richardson, Dr. W. E. Knewstep, Charles H. Fraley, T. D. Fairlamb, J. C. Council, and T. L. Cox.
Honorary: J. H. Brinson, L. Henry Smith, Harry G. Parker, John B. Roberts, C. M. Williamson, M. H. Morgan, Howard W. Saunders, George B. Colonia, Capt. Jesse S. Jones, Capt. John D. Watson, Dr. H. D. Howe, Charles D. Andrest, H. M. Mugler, C. E. Cheyne, David Johnson, N. P. Holt, Edwin Litte, and Capt. George M. Richter.
Mr. Copeland was born in Fox Hill in March, 1858, and spent his entire life in this section. He attended the public schools when a boy and later came to Hampton, where he became an apprentice in the store of Capt. George M. Richter, as a tinsmith. A few years later he entered business for himself and for many years was one of the most successful stove and tinware merchants of the city. He retired several years ago due to his health and had since resided in his Victoria Avenue home. Mr. Copeland was a member of the Hampton Baptist Church, in which he took much interest and also took part in civic affairs of the city. He had a number of friends in his family is one of the largest and oldest on the Peninsula.
In 1881, Mr. Copeland claimed Miss Virginia Elizabeth Darden of the city, as his wife. Mrs. Copeland died in 1931. Surviving Mr. Copeland are the following children: Charles F. Copeland, of New York, W. Elmer Copeland, of Baltimore, Mrs. Robert E. Wood and Hunter S. Copeland, of Hampton, Joseph D. Copeland, of New York, and Mrs. J. B. Cumming, of Philadelphia. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Charles T. Copeland, road commissioner of Elizabeth city County, George W. Copeland, of Morrison, Benjamin Copeland, of Fox Hill, and John Copeland, of Buckroe Beach, Mrs. J. C. Bloxom, of Fox Hill, and Mrs. Fanny Brown, of Gloucester County.