Martha Jean Autry Coppage

September 21, 1938March 4, 2018

Martha Jean Autry Coppage, 79, of Athens, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018.

A native of Athens, Mrs. Coppage was a daughter of the late G.C. Autry and Elizabeth Williams Autry. She was a homemaker and member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Coppage and brother, Jimmy Autry.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Rev. Richard L. Coppage of Athens.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home with Revs. Bill Ricketts and Doug Nix officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m., prior to the service.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Sharon Fletcher Stills

March 6, 2018

Richard, I did not know Martha well, but I know that you loved and cared for her all these years. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

John Webb

March 6, 2018

Martha was a classmate at Athens High School and a friend as we were growing up in Prince Ave. Baptist Church. She was a friendly, sweet person. My sympathy to Richard and may God cover him with His mercy and grace.

John Webb
Class of '57

Michael Fletcher

March 6, 2018

Richard, I can't imagine how tough this journey has been for you, but I do know that Lynn and I are praying for you to have peace and comfort in knowing that Martha is with the Lord and in the safety of his keeping. Although Lynn and I will be unable to travel from Valdosta to be in attendance at the services, we will both continue to pray for you and the strength which you will receive from the Lord. God Bless You Richard.
We Love You,

Lynn and Mike Fletcher

Lynn (Crowe) slayton

March 6, 2018

So sorry for your lost, my thoughts and prayers are with you all

Mary Stephenson, Shadden

March 5, 2018

So sorry to hear of the loss of Martha Jean. I went all the way through school with her. She was a very sweet girl. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Mary Ellen Bridges

March 5, 2018

Mr. Coppage,
I am praying for you as you go through this sad and difficult time! Mrs Coppage was such a wonderful, sweet southern Belle! I smile when I think about her sitting in church at Bethany! I can't imagine how difficult this is for you! Please know we all love you at Bethany and are praying for God's comfort. Please let us know if there is anything we can do! I hope to see you back in the pulpit soon! May God bless you and hold you close!
Mary Ellen Bridges

March 5, 2018

A very sweet lady!!

Bernstein Funeral Home

March 5, 2018

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.