GREENSBORO — Horace W. Copeland departed this world for a better place on Tuesday, November 7, at 3:30 a.m. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing will be held at 12 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 S. Eugene Street, Greensboro, N.C., with Rev. Steve Allen presiding.
He was born on November 4, 1923 to the late Fletcher and Tempie Harper Copeland, in the rural farming community of Essex, in Halifax County, North Carolina. At the age of seven he joined his home church, Pine Chapel Baptist, where he was already involved in the Sunday School, Vice-President of the Sunshine Band, and a member of the church choir.
Horace was educated in the public schools of Halifax County where he walked 2-1/2 miles each day to the nearest school from the first grade through the seventh. By the time he entered high school, buses were provided for black children, and he was able to attend Eastman High School, near Enfield, N.C. The first three years at Eastman he was president of his class. During his senior year he was privileged to serve as President of the Student Body and graduated at the head of his class, in 1942.
In 1940, he participated in the State NFA Public Speaking Contest held at A&T College (presently North Carolina A&T State University) and won. Later that year he represented N.C. in the National NFA Public Speaking Contest, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
He came to Greensboro in August of 1942 on a one year scholarship in Animal Husbandry at A&T College (NCA&TSU). In April of 1943 he took a full-time job at the College Dairy. Later he was promoted to Supervisor of the Dairy Processing Plant where he processed the milk and ice cream for the dining hall. He was hailed by his colleagues and critics as "maker of the best ice-cream they ever tasted". In 1950 he went the Penn State College for a five-week course in Market Mill, Ice-Cream Making and Testing Dairy Products, and finished with one A & 2 B's.
In 1946 he married the late Jessie B. Luchie Copeland who preceded him in death. On daughter, Annette C. Davis was born to this union. He later married the late Catherine Robinson Copeland in 1966. She had two sons Frank P. Robinson and Arnold Robinson. They spent 20 years of happy marriage together, prior to her death in 1986.
Horace joined Shiloh Baptist Church in 1967 and became active immediately, joining the Fred Huntley Choir where he served as Treasurer and President. Later he joined the Senior Choir and continued to sing when individual choirs combined into one. He was a member of the Deacon Board and served as Secretary and Vice Chairman. He was the Leader of The Northeast Team and Chaplain of the Shiloh Baptist Church Laymen's League where he also participated in its choirs.
Horace retired form NCA&T State University in 1985 with 43 years, nine months of outstanding and dedicated service.
Family members will always cherish their Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle: "Precious Memories how they linger, how they ever flood my soul".
He is survived by his devoted daughter Annette Davis and husband Dennis of Liberty, NC; four grandchildren, Quintin "Keith" Brown, Dennis "Doraine" Davis, of Liberty, NC, Franklin "Dekova" Brown, Marilyn "Lotoria" Davis of Greensboro, NC; Eight Great Grandchildren, Tiffany Cassidy of Asheboro, NC, Franklin Brown Jr. of Siler City, NC, Shaquin Shoffner, Meelah Davis, Shakiyah Rudd of Greensboro, NC, Evelyn and Essence Brown of Sedalia, NC, Khamorie Davis from Staley, NC; Three sister, Clara Lewis and spouse Harvey of Pensacola, FL, Henrietta "Jim" Raleigh of Greensboro, NC. Annette Allen-Mozingo and spouse Ronald of Mount Wolf, PA; Three Brothers, Eddie and Ezekiah Copeland of Washington, DC, McClellan Copeland of Hollister NC; one aunt, Argenta Belfield form Charlotte NC; Seven Nieces and Eight nephews; brothers in-law, Donald Brown of Greensboro and Harold Brown of Robersonville, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death brothers Spencer Copeland of Rocky Mount, NC and Solomon Copeland of Hampton, VA.