Marion Myrtle Almand Copelan of the Greshamville Community, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospice House. Born January 4, 1927 in Pittsfield, MA she was the daughter of the late Herbert Jones and Julia Louise Allessio Jones. In 1929, Myrtle and her mother moved to Morgan County, Georgia with her stepfather, James Almand. Myrtle grew up on the Almand family farm in Morgan County, attended school in Buckhead and Madison, GA. She married Jasper Frazier Copelan, Jr. on July 14, 1945. They have four daughters, Nancy, LaVerne, Mary Beth and Carolyn.
Myrtle and Frazier lived on a farm in Greshamville where they operated a dairy and raised beef cattle. Myrtle helped Frazier with his hobby of woodwork and furniture making. After he passed away Myrtle continued to live on the farm. She spent her life as a homemaker, caring for her family. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her special church family.
Myrtle was a devoted member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Church. In the past, she taught Sunday School and actively served on various church committees. She was a loyal member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Women where she served as an officer for over 50 years. She was a member of Meadowcrest Club where she enjoyed quilting. As a member of Greene County Farm Bureau, she served on the Women’s Committee. Myrtle was devoted to her family and loved the Greshamville Community. She was always one of the first to respond in times of need, usually with her famous ham and biscuits and sweet tea. In her later years, her favorite pastime was sitting on her front porch looking out over the pasture at the cows and calves and bird watching. She had a favorite Cardinal she named Big Red. She was welcoming and kind to everyone who came to her home and loved visitors. She will truly be missed.
She is survived by four daughters, Nancy Bolson (Carl) of Canton, GA, LaVerne Ogletree of Greshamville, Beth Bell (Woody) of Duluth, GA and Carolyn Copelan (Ray) of Greshamville; seven grandchildren, Pete Ogletree, Ryan Ogletree, Frank Bell (Stephanie), Julie Hicks (Shannon), Mary Ann Nichols (Ryan), Allen Webb (Amanda) and Brandi Webb; sixteen great grandchildren, Ty Webb, Aly Webb, Tucker York, Gracie Arrington, Justis Ogletree, Jackson Ogletree, Kala Jo Ogletree, Heather Mooneyham, Eric Foster, Halle Hicks, Kadee Hicks, Nicole Bell, Brianna Bell, Jasper Nichols, Mabry Nichols and Joby Nichols; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Jasper Frazier “Pete” Copelan, Jr.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Fork Chapel United Methodist Church in Greshamville with Dr. Bill Neely and Rev. Tony Gavalas officiating. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery with Ryan Ogletree, Justis Ogletree, Jackson Ogletree, Frank Bell, Allen Webb, Ty Webb, Tucker York and Evan Duvall serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday night at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fork Chapel United Methodist Church, 1401 Farmington Road, Madison, GA 30650. A special thank you to her caregivers, Janet Prichard, Vera Irby and Mary Williams. 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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