Janie Sue Copeland

April 7, 1936November 8, 2018

Janie Sue Wallace Copeland, age 82 , of Hokes Bluff, Alabama passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2pm at Collier-Butler Chapel. Bro. Gary Rivers, Bro. Charles Smith, & Bro. Bill Harbison will officiate. Burial will follow at Crestwood Cemetery. Collier Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.

Janie loved life. She loved visiting with family and friends., especially the class of 1954 at Gadsden High School, the class reunions and the Golden Tiger Reunions. She loved singing from the time she was old enough to sing. Singing from the tree tops; literally, she climbed the trees in her neighborhood and sang “to the top of her lungs.” Neighbors would hear her outside singing and would look up in the trees and there she would be, she loved singing in the choir at the church, many weddings, city-wide musicals, and the Goodyear chorus. She was a long-time member of East Gadsden Baptist Church, and current member of MeadowBrook Baptist Church. Janie was preceded in death by husband Rob Copeland; parents, former Gadsden Mayor Roy L. Wallace Sr. and Ruth Hannah Marker Wallace; brother Johnny Wallace and sister Mary Ruth Albright; step-granddaughter Allison Copeland Kraig. She is survived by son, Gary Copeland (Myra), daughters, Deanna Copeland Jennings (JD), Ava Copeland Berry (Jeff), step-son, Ronnie Copeland (JoAnn). Grandchildren, Maria Copeland, Lauren Phillips (Eric), Alaina Abernathy (Kevin), Kali Copeland (Jonathan), Rachel Kisor (Clint), Julie Hood (Jay), Eddie Parker, step-grandson Jeff Copeland. Many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Brother, Roy L. Wallace Jr. (Mary Ann), Boyce, VA. Brother-inlaw, Leon Albright; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Wallace, Las Cruces, NM. Many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Kevin Abernathy, Jeff Berry, Gary Copeland, Jonathan Copeland, Clint Kisor, and Eric Phillips. Honorary Pallbearers will be Leon Albright, Amedisys Hospice, Glenn Brewer and staff of Cherry Creek Village, Johnny Floyd, JD Jennings, Dr. Ghanshyam Patel, Tom and Hoang Sevarit of Nail Today and Glenn and Shirley Thompson.

The family will receive friends for visitation Monday, November 12, 2018 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm prior to the service. There will be no graveside service.


  • Gary (Myra) Copeland, Son
  • Deanna (JD) Copeland Jennings, Daughter
  • Ava (Jeff) Copeland Berry, Daughter
  • Ronnie (JoAnn) Copeland, Step-son
  • Maria Copeland, Grandchild
  • Lauren (Eric) Phillips, Grandchild
  • Alaina (Kevin) Abernathy, Grandchild
  • Kali (Jonathan) Copeland, Grandchild
  • Rachel (Clint) Kisor, Grandchild
  • Julie (Jay) Hood, Grandchild
  • Eddie Parker, Grandchild
  • Jeff Copeland, Step-grandson
  • Roy L. (Mary Ann) Wallace, Brother
  • Leon Albright, Brother-in-law
  • Mary Lou Wallace, Sister-in-law
  • Mrs. Copeland also leaves behind to cherish her memory, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018

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Brenda Garner

November 12, 2018

Ava, Deanna, and family;

What a beautiful celebration of Janie Sue’s life we had today. Janie Sue was one that made others lives better. I know she certainly did mine. I first visited her singles class at East Gadsden in the mid 1990’s. I was recently divorced and felt so lost in the world. Rejected and thrown away. I didn’t know my place anymore. At first I felt out of place in a singles class and I didn’t return but Janie Sue wrote long letters of encouragement to me (several times). Because of her caring spirit I showed up again and it wasn’t long that I felt right at home there.

I ended up attending EGBC for 19 years and wonderful friendships were made. I am thankful that the Lord put Janie Sue there and that our paths crossed. I don’t know where I would be today if I had not met her.

And she has a wonderful family. I love you all very much.

Brenda Garner

Lisa Larison

November 12, 2018

When I think back on my summers in Alabama as a kid, Janie Sue, Ava & Deanna always come to mind. Janie Sue.... so well dressed, great make-up and always looked like she was ready for a party. She was the "sassy and classy mom" and you could tell, even then, that she passed along those genes to her daughters. We always had so much fun playing with her make-up. I remember the songs she sang so beautifully and how she always had time to drive us to the mall or roller skating rink. Some of my best memories are because of the fun and generosity of our Janie Sue!

Vicki Quinn Leak

November 10, 2018

So sorry to hear this news. My family and I loved to hear Janie sing at church. She’s singing with the angels today!!

Sabrina Morgan & Randall Fells

November 10, 2018

Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Mrs. Janie Sue. She was a delight & such a JOY to know. I always loved to see her speak to my dad at Chicken Haven-she so tiny & him so tall. They were comical & fun. What good memories. Never boring, for sure. Praying for you all as you celebrate her loving life & the gift of joy & laughter she leaves. We cherish her memory & were so glad that she & our Mom spent time together @ Cherry Creek Village. It’s good to know her smiling face & her song will greet us when we get to our Heavenly home. 🎶🙏🏼♥️✝️⚓️

Don & Paula Riley

November 10, 2018

So Sorry to hear about Janie Sue, She was a good friend to my Mother.
She sang at our Wedding, 1958...
Praying for all the Family..