Dottie Copelan Jarrard

Born: Sun., Oct. 23, 1927
Died: Mon., Dec. 7, 2009

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Dottie Louise Copelan "Dot" Jarrard, age 82, of Siloam, Georgia, passed away Monday, December 7, 2009 at Saint Joseph''s at East Georgia in Greensboro. Born in Greene County, on October 23, 1927 in the Greshamville Community, she was the daughter of the late Jasper Frazier Copelan, Sr. and Willie Hester Adams Copelan and was the last surviving child of one of the finest families in Greene County. Dottie graduated from Greensboro High School, where she excelled in basketball and continued her education at Madison Business School. For a while she lived with her sister in Atlanta and worked at Fort McPherson. After World War II, Dottie met Roscoe Jarrard, and they were married in 1948. Dottie was a devoted wife and loving mother for 60 years.

Dottie worked for the International Paper Company, was a bookkeeper and assistant for Mr. Seaborn Ashley, and then worked and retired from the Agriculture Soil Conservation Services in the early seventies as a Federal Employee. She served as Council Woman for the city of Siloam for a number of years. In the 1980''s when Dottie was elected Mayor of Siloam, she became the first woman mayor ever in Greene County. As mayor she was instrumental in getting a new water tank for the city and a new fire truck for the Siloam Fire Department.

When Dottie was in her sixties, she went to Cosmetology School in Athens and started a beauty salon. As an enterprising business woman, Dottie owned several small businesses, rented houses and bought and sold real estate. She loved dancing and listening to her sons, Mike and Reggie''s band. She enjoyed family gatherings, especially at Christmas. Eating out, collecting antiques and vacationing at their home in Florida were also some of the things she enjoyed the most. Dottie was a member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Church in Greshamville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Thurmond Jarrard in June of this year; and siblings, Eve Oline Duvall Smith, Mary Willie Phelps, Elizabeth Thomas, George Emory Copelan, Jasper Frazier "Pete" Copelan and a sister who died at birth. She is survived by three sons, James Reginald "Reggie" Jarrard and wife Debbie of Greensboro, GA, Gary Michael "Mike" Jarrard and wife Vonn of Greensboro, GA and Rodney Thurmond Jarrard and wife Wendy of Cumming, GA; sister-in-laws, Dean Copelan and Myrtle Copelan; grandchildren, Jenny Jarrard, Colby Jarrard Sims and husband B. J., Jack Jarrard, Austin Jarrard, Michelle Jarrard, Shannon Jarrard McGaughey and husband Sam, Starr Jarrard, John Jarrard and Sam Jarrard; two great grandchildren, McKenzie Sims and Alli McGaughey; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fork Chapel United Methodist Church in Greshamville with Rev. Wayne Usry and Rev. Bob Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Thurmond Jarrard, Billy Jarrard, George Copelan, Wynn Copelan, Jackie Copelan, Danny Duvall, Tim Duvall, Smitty Phelps, Robby Thomas, Allen Bryan and Jimmy Finch. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Ashley Davis Waldrep
   Posted Tue December 08, 2009
Dearest Family, Very sorry to hear of the lose of your loved one. My prayers are with you all. May the Lord give you comfort in this tough time that you are facing.

Jane Cobb
   Posted Tue December 08, 2009
Our prayers and deepest sympathy. Jane and Howell Cobb

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Tue December 08, 2009
Reggie, Mike & Rodney,our prayers are with you all. Losing both parents within 6 months of each other, is bittersweet.They were rarely seen without each other,now they are together,forever.Your parents were well liked and will be greatly missed in Greene County. Sincere sympathy.

Lynn Bryan Kitchens
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Sorry to hear about "Miss" Dottie. She was a sweet lady and one of the reasons I named my daughter "Dorothy" and call her Dottie. You have beautiful memories of her and will find comfort in knowing she is in heaven watching over you.

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Reggie, Mike, Rodney and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days to come. Ms. Dottie was a remarkable Southern Lady.

LINDA STEPHENS
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your dear Mother. Dottie was truly a Southern Lady and will be missed by so many who knew her as their friend.

Dale Temple
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Reggie, Mike, Rodney and Family. I was so sorry to learn of "Miss Dottie". She and "Mr Roscoe" will always be a part of my childhood memories growing up in Siloam. May God walk close with you during your sorrow. She was a true Southern Belle and will be missed.

Penny Davenport
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Louise Cason Bentley
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Al and I truly loved Mr. Roscoe and Mrs. Dottie! Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Teressa Gentry
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Mike and Reggie, Donald and I were so sorry to hear of your mothers' passing. What a true southern lady she was. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
We are so sorry for the loss of Dottie and especially so close to losing Roscoe. But now they are together as they always were when I saw them!~ I was very impressed with her obit and did not know of all her accomplishments. What a great lady! I know you will miss her and this holiday season will be hard. You are in our prayers. Jan

Jan Copelan Hallman
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Mike, Reggie and family, So sorry to hear about your mother. She was a fine person and she will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to each of you. Jan, David, Josh and Robert

Stacy & Sally Adams
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn Bryan Taylor
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Mike, Vonn, and other family members, I was sorry to read of Dottie's death. I use to see her quite often when I carried Mama (Nora Bryan) down to see Aunt Ethel. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sad to lose both parents in such a short time. Love, Carolyn (Teresa Taylor's Mom)

Jimmy Channell
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
My heart and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.. May God comfort the family in the day's to come.

Cathy & Greg Murphy
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Dear Kay, Casey, Jim and Adam, Please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

Cathy& Greg Murphy
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
Your grief is shared by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Bre
   Posted Wed December 09, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers Brenda Lindsey & family

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu December 10, 2009
Your mother was a lovely lady. We were so sorry to hear of your loss.

Magallon Family
   Posted Thu December 10, 2009
May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss.... I have learned never to underestimate the healing power we all have. It is always there to be used for the highest good. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) May it be a source of inner strength to know that there's a loving God watching over you, and that, throughout this time of need, He'll stay close by your side. I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith.-2Timothy 4:7. As for me, I will lie down that I may sleep; I shall certainly awake, for Jehovah himself keeps supporting me. -Psalms 3:5