Leroy Cornelius “Coondog,” “Big Boy” Copeland, 54, enjoyed fishing and hunting

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Leroy Cornelius Copeland
Leroy Cornelius Copeland

Leroy Cornelius “Coondog,” “Big Boy” Copeland, 54, of Williamsburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

He was born in Suffolk, Va., on March 10, 1962, to the late Coley Copeland Jr. and Juanita Rodgers Copeland. He was a 1980 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Suffolk, Va. He was married to his beloved wife, Emma Vines Copeland, for 25 years.

A few of his past employers include: Gwaltney; Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock; and Eastern State Hospital, where he worked as a psychiatric aide.

Leroy loved life, and he loved people. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling. There was nothing he would not do for anyone in need, especially his family.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Emma Vines Copeland; sisters, Alice Rodgers-Demps, Shirley Whitfield, Sonya Copeland and Tina Copeland; brothers, Coley Copeland III (Vernell), Benjamin Copeland (Sylvia) and Randy Copeland (Vanessa); brothers-in-law, Jack Vines (Tempy) and Jarvis Vines; sisters-in-law, Shirley Hopkins and Patricia Mitchell; aunts, Edith Sessoms, Eunice Wiggins, Florence Robinson and Florene Mason; great-aunts, Sylvia Battle, Lealer Manley and Mollie Jordan; great-uncles, David Jordan Sr. and Joseph Jordan (Peggy); adopted mother, Dorothy T. White; devoted friend, Alexander “Buck” Blow; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. Copeland may be viewed from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Whiting’s Funeral Home, Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, at Healing Chapel Baptist Church, 2375 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk.  Interment will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 20, in Williamsburg Memorial Park.