Jack Irvin "Fluffy" Copeland, 84 of Sheridan and formerly of Memphis, Tenn. passed away on Thursday July 1, surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 23, 1937, to the late Marion Delaski "Dee" and Carrie Myrtle (Caldwell) Copeland in Lebanon.
He was raised in Lebanon and was a graduate of Lebanon High School, class of 1955. After graduation he wanted to serve his country and decided to join the United States Navy. He worked as a Navy Corpsman and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. After honorably serving his country he returned home and went to work for Pitman Moore in Zionsville as a welder for 10 years.
When Mr. Copelan'd employment ended there, he worked for Shell Oil Company driving tankers.
He loved Tennessee and in 1976 ventured to start his next chapter with his beloved wife Lillian in Memphis. Mr. Copeland had to switch employers and he enjoyed driving trucks, so he took a job with Yellow Freight and drove for them until retiring in 1999.
When he was not working, and after his retirement, he could be found working puzzles or watching his favorite show Wheel of Fortune at 7 p.m.. Everyone knew not to call or bother him when he was watching his show. Mr. Copeland also loved woodworking and would spend hours in his woodshop working on projects.
Mr. Copeland became a Master Mason and was a member of Oakville Masonic Lodge #599 in Memphis, Tenn. He had a personal experience with the Shriners hospital, and he knew he wanted to continue to serve so he became a proud member of the Shriners and donated a lot of his time raising money for the Shriners Children Hospital.
His greatest joy was his family.
Survivors include his children, Jay Copeland of Sheridan, Tammy Lee of Sheridan, Debbie (Frank) Whicker of Sheridan and Tonya (Tom) Stern of Sheridan; 10 grandchildren Rob (Tiffany) Favors, Nicole Menard, Missy (Joe) Faucett, Christina Favors, Laura Lea Owens, Carrie Dee Copeland, James Bryan Copeland, Brandon Wright, Aaron Wright and Kayla Harris; 20 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Charles Copeland, Mary Lou (John) Redman and Linda Woodard; his first wife Patricia (Hoots) Weir.
His grandson Aaron Wright and granddaughter Kyla Harris, along with great-grandsons Dawson Owens and Logan Faucett, cared for their Papaw until he passed.
Preceding Jack in death was his wife Lillian (Moore) Copeland of 44 years; his son Bryan Copeland on Oct. 27, 2006; and his brother John Copeland in 2020.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday July 8, at 7 p.m. at North Fields Church located at 1478 State Road 38 in Sheridan. Family and friends are invited to gather from 5 p.m. until time of services. For though who will not be able to attend his service there will be a Facebook Live stream at Fisher Family Funeral Services Facebook page. Mr. Copeland's nephew Pastor Brian Rutherford will be officiating his service. A graveside service will be held on Saturday July 10, at Memphis Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Sheridan American Legion Post 67 located at 406 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Everyone is invited to sign the online guestbook, leave a condolence, or share a memory at fisherfunerals.com.
Fisher Family Funeral Services is honored to serve the Copeland Family.
The family would like to thank Paradigm Hospice for taking such good care of Jack, and also the VA nurses.