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Wayne Copeland
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Arthur Wayne Copeland born September 18, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Arthur and Val Copeland, later gaining sister Julie Copeland. He spent his childhood being a typical boy running around and getting into mischief thinking he was too big for his britches. As he came into being a young man he entered the US army on May 5, 1964. He excelled to the rank of Staff Sargent serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He spent three years overseas to return home and become a reserve in the national guard in Mexia Texas where he was a lieutenant in the Mexia fire department and reserve police officer in the Mexia police department. Amongst that he met the love of his life, Peggie Dean who after many brush offs, finally gave him the time of day and became Peggie Copeland. From there the rest was history from their two beautiful daughters, Shelly and Stephanie which turned into their grandchildren Michael, Nicole, Tori, Jamie and then to the great-grandchildren Makayla, Dixie, Montgomery, Hunter, Kolter and Adabelle. Through all this Wayne was an exemplary dad, husband, brother, son, friend, grandfather and just all-around great man. He was a jack of all trades and master of none. Very patriotic and true to the core, he had strong beliefs and valued our military and first responders dearly. Firm around the edges but soft at heart, he never met a stranger, he could talk to anyone over a cup of coffee in which he drank a lot of coffee which also meant he did a lot of talking. In his life he was a firefighter, police officer, soldier, truck driver, concrete plant manager and a collector of many things from guns to knives to coins to Elvis and John Wayne memorabilia. He loved to dance and cut up and act goofy. Never missing an opportunity to put a smile on your face or bring joy to your life. He always had a bad habit of embarrassing you in the most awkward places, one time we were at the mall and he always messed with the manikins teasing my granny. One time they were in a store and he had been messing with them and aggravating Peggie of course. He reached up and one of the manikins spoke "I wouldn’t do that if I were you" he jumped ten feet high and turned fifty shades red, he was so embarrassed. You would think he learned his lesson nut nope, he just started walking up to them saying excuse me miss and if they didn’t answer game on. So now he was just a crazy ole man talking to manikins in stores. We used to always go to Ronnie and Trish’s for dances while uncle Ronnie was playing which he loved so much, he loved dancing. Well everybody knows the song purple rain, well when he got to going and booging and having a good time if you know what I mean and uhm aunt Trish you do. The song then became known as purple 'Wayne'. Great times there were the lost in the shuffle band. He was a regular prankster, can’t remember if it was Leroy’s or Jerry’s birthday but he made them a cake, a yellow chocolate cake I believe. It looked good too but that was until you got a big bite and at that moment you realized it was not yellow cake. It was cornbread with chocolate icing, oh how he thought he was clever. It was never a dull moment. He kept light in our eyes and a fire in our hearts or under our butts. Never could tell which. He was a man of many opinions and stories that you could listen to for hours unless he started singing, then it was time to go. He was my grandfather but really, he was my dad, there has never been another man in my life that I have looked up to more and admired. He taught me values, strength and the paths of right and wrong. I may not have always listened to his words, but I knew in my heart he was right. I hope one day I can be half the man he was. He was truly amazing. He will be missed dearly every day. He was a great man. He was our pawpaw.


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Visitation

Saturday

15

Sep

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
McNutt Funeral Home

1703 Porter Rd.
Conroe, TX 77301

Service

Saturday

15

Sep

12:00 PM
McNutt Funeral Home

1703 Porter Rd.
Conroe, TX 77301

Graveside

Saturday

15

Sep

1:00 PM
Rosewood Cemetery

22271 Memorial Park
New Caney, TX 77365

Reception

Saturday

15

Sep

2:00 PM
Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church

23141 FM 1314
Porter, Texas 77365

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