Dr. Thomas Oliver Coppedge Jr.

April 24, 1923November 12, 2020

Tom Coppedge passed away November 12, 2020 after a short illness. A resident of Southminster, Dr. Coppedge was born in Nashville, NC, the son of Thomas Oliver Coppedge and Anna Speas Coppedge. Tom was a graduate of Nashville High School, Nashville, NC; UNC-Chapel Hill; and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

After his medical training, Dr. Coppedge proudly served in the U.S. Army at Camp Pickett, VA during the Korean War, as then one of only three Board Certified Radiologists in the Army. When his service ended, he moved his family to Charlotte, where he practiced medicine for over 38 years.

Dr. Coppedge was a devoted family man. He took great pleasure in supporting the interests of his children. He attended every sporting event and activity his schedule allowed. He was active in the Charlotte Country Day Father’s Booster Club. He particularly enjoyed helping out at the annual Make-Your-Own-Pizza Dinner. Dr. Coppedge was predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years, Teau Council Coppedge and his grandson, Christopher Lewis Coppedge, Jr. He is survived by his children, Thomas Coppedge, III (Linda), Patsy Bradley (Rex), John Coppedge (Kathy), Anna Coppedge, and Lewis Coppedge (Libby); fourteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Dr. Coppedge remained an enthusiastic UNC fan, avid fisherman and golfer, as long as he was able. He continued to cheer for his favorite team, hanging a UNC banner on his apartment door. He was always willing to impart his fishing wisdom with anyone who asked. He also continued to tell his favorite fishing tales, particularly of fall surf-fishing at Cape Hatteras, until days before he died.

Dr. Coppedge was a long-time member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and sang tenor in the church choir.

Due to COVID restrictions, a brief family committal service will be held at Trinity, to be followed by a celebration of his life at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 or Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.


  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Southminster


  • A Brief Family Committal Service will be held.

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Richard White

November 22, 2020

Dear Coppedge family,
So sorry to hear the news about Dr. Coppedge, what a wonderful man. Dr. and Mrs. Coppedge were great family friends for many years and were there for our family during our toughest times--we'll always remember and treasure their love and support. Dr. Coppedge was a best friend, frequent golf partner, and football game buddy of my father's since their days in Medical School. He also x-rayed many an injury of mine through the years. Thoughts and prayers to the family as we remember a great man who was a model for how we should live our life.

Richard White

NANCY ratcliffe

November 16, 2020

Have many memories of Tom and
teau years ago when we were all younger. He could hit a mean golf ball and he and his medical/legal group with Joe included had a wonderful time. Such a nice person - think of his family who he was so proud of. Sincerely, Nancy and Joe Ratcliffe

John Gaul

November 16, 2020

I feel fortunate to have so many fond memories with Dr. Tom Coppedge and I cherish all of them. Too many to list here… The highlights: the annual pilgrimage to fish on Hazel Creek with this expert fisherman with his sons and my brother and father. It wasn't just the fishing - Dr. Coppedge was a great storyteller. The fun began at the Coppedge household the day before when we started loading up the supplies and he went through his checklist. Other great memories: wonderful Christmas Parties and watching him root for the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium with my parents. We will all miss him but our memories of him will warm our hearts forever.

John Gaul

Emily Gaul

November 15, 2020

Dr. Tom Coppedge was a beloved medical colleague and fishing buddy of my late father Dr. Stuart Gaul. They watched many a Carolina basketball game together and spoke of many a trout.
He was of the Greatest Generation and much loved.

Susan Carr

November 15, 2020

Patsy - My heart goes out to you on the passing of your father. I know this is such a difficult time to lose a loved one and the pressures of the pandemic make it worse.

I was just talking to Carolyn Tilley and she said your father had made his personal decision on how to spend the rest of his life. I can respect his life and his passing. I know you will be comforted by the many wonderful memories of your years together. He will be in your heart forever.


Kathy Coppedge

November 14, 2020

The life of Tom Coppedge is an amazing example for us all to love family, nature, the USA, God and life. We are forever grateful for having him in our lives.
From Kathy Coppedge and Family with Love


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