Tom was born in Charleston. He is a 1981 Fort Johnson High School graduate and attended Newberry College while living at Whitaker Funeral Home. In 1984 he served his apprenticeship with Harley Funeral Home in Greenwood. Tom is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He was with Harley Funeral Home for 27 years. Tom is a member of the Sea Island Rotary Club and is a past chairman for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association – Greenwood Chapter. He earned and maintains annual certification as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Tom is a board certified funeral director and embalmer in South Carolina and Georgia. He has one son, Thomas J. “T. J.” Wright V.
Ed is the owner of Copeland Funeral Service and Beaufort Memorial Gardens. He is an active member of White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah where he serves on the Nominating Committee. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He earned the lifetime designation and maintains annual certification as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Ed is a board certified funeral director and embalmer in South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Ed was General Manager of Sipple Mortuary in Savannah for eight years prior to starting Gamble Funeral Service. He purchased Copeland Funeral Home from his longtime friend, Curt Copeland, in January, 2008. Ed is a longtime volunteer with the Clarendon County Fire Department where he was voted Officer of the Year in 2017 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Ed has a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Sean Briley. He is known as “G” to his four grandchildren, Donnie, Hope, Aidan and Rowan, and his three great-grandsons, Bentley, Ashton and Avery.
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.
Unfortunately, Curt died on December 4, 2010, after a short battle with cancer.
Roger was born and raised in Beaufort. He was trained by his father, a master carpenter, in his line of work and has worked for 40 years as a building contractor. His schooling included graduating from Beaufort High School in 1973 and taking a year long course in carpentry at the Technical College of the Lowcounty. Roger married a Beaufort girl, who he originally met in fifth grade, and then again in 1975. Alisa Garvin was a young divorcee with two sons, Michael Med Lawson and Terry Lee Lawson, who Roger helped to raise from early ages. They are the proud grandparents of one 19 year old grandson “Joey,” and have “unofficially” adopted Joey’s two half brothers and two half sisters as additional grandchildren, loving them as much as they do Joey. To all the grandchildren, they are “Honey Bunny and Poppa Roger.” Roger and Alisa had been married over 31 years. Sadly, Alisa died May 4, 2019.
Roger has been with Copeland Funeral Service and Copeland Funeral Home since 2007.
Carter was born in Manning, South Carolina, and continues to reside there. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College and received his Masters from the University of Georgia. Carter has served in the fire service for 45 years both as a volunteer and as a career firefighter. He worked as a Deputy State Fire Marshal and retired as Chief of the Clarendon County Fire Department after 22 years in that position. He continues to serve as an active volunteer with that department. Carter was elected President of the S. C. State Firefighters’ Association in 1980 and has served on many committees for that group over the years. He was appointed to the State Fire Commission and was a key player in addressing the arson problem in South Carolina. He has received a number of fire service awards and recognitions, ie. State Firefighter of the Year, Citizenship Award, and most recently the first and only recepient of the State’s Fire Service Life Time Achievement Award in 2010. Carter has been assisting Ed Gamble and his funeral service since 1996. Carter is married to Mary Jo, and they have two married boys, Jonathan (Denise) and Craig (Jae-Won) and three grandchildren (Cooper, Mary Louise and John William). He continues to work part-time for The Bruner Agency of Summerton, S. C., with the Emergency Services Insurance Program as Loss Control Director.
Ray joined Copeland Funeral Service in 2011.
Jim joined Copeland Funeral Service in 2015.
Patrick joined Copeland Funeral Service in 2018.
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Mike joined Copeland Funeral Service in 2019.