|Curtis Mabrey “Curt” Copeland was born October 21, 1945, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the youngest child and only son of E. C. and Clara Copeland. He was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Copeland Paysour.
Curt was a 1963 graduate of Greer High School in Greer, South Carolina, and a 1966 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. In 1968 he married Judy Reames of Beaufort, and together they moved back to Beaufort in 1969. He partnered with John Morrall in 1969 and was a funeral director for Morrall-Copeland Funeral Home. In 1972 he founded Copeland Funeral Home. He was elected Coroner of Beaufort County in 1980 and would serve in that capacity until his retirement in 2008. Additionally, he served as Commodore of the 1975 Water Festival, first president of Sea Island Rotary, Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Lowcountry, Chairman of the Beaufort County School Board, Deacon of the Baptist Church of Beaufort, and served in various other civic and religious roles in the community. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and an avid rose gardener. He was a friend to all in Beaufort.He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Reames Copeland; daughter, Shelley Copeland Kolb and her husband, Jeff; son, Ryan Copeland and his wife, Leigh; grandchildren, Mabrey Kolb, Carter Kolb, Clara Kolb, Tillman Kolb and Lukas Copeland; sister, Mary Jane Cunningham and her husband, Jim, and four nieces.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 o’clock Monday in the E. C. Copeland Memorial Chapel of Copeland Funeral Service.
The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the Baptist Church of Beaufort. Interment will be in Beaufort Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that memorials be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort – Post Office Box 879, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-0879.