Dutton Funeral Home

300 East Cash Street, Iowa Park, TX


Perry Copas

Passed away on February 21, 2020
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Perry Edward (Cowboy) Copas, 85, of Iowa Park, passed from this life on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Hospice of Wichita Falls. Rosary will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Iowa Park. Graveside service will be at 3:00 PM, Tuesday at Highland Cemetery Pavilion with military honors. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening at Dutton Funeral Home. Perry was born on November 29, 1934 in Floyd County, Texas to James Loyce and Euna Belle Bachman Copass. Perry was one of five children in a family that lived in many places in West Texas. His childhood was spent outside whether he was working or playing. He shared wonderful stories of family times and youthful shenanigans, many of which were at the school at Patton Springs. At the age of 16 Perry and his family relocated to Santa Barbara County, California where he worked as a cowboy, ranch hand or anything that helped to support the family. Perry enlisted in the USAF when he was 18 and served for 27 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He was certain he had made a mistake when he was violently seasick on a ship bound for Newfoundland, a place he had never heard of. Little did he know that he would fall in love with the land called Newfoundland and then fall in love with the woman who made his life complete. He married Elizabeth Mary Lewis on May 11, 1957 in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2017 after 60 years of a lovely marriage and the birth of five children. They made their home in Iowa Park, Texas for more than 50 years. Perry adored his family and his loyal and loving friends. He took special joy in all his children and particular delight in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Perry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, Gary and DeWayne, his brother, Bryan, and his sister, DeLois Fowler. Surviving relatives include daughters, Leora Aaron (Ricky) of Quanah, Carolyn Gibbs and Brenda Copas of Iowa Park, granddaughters Kaylie Aaron Martinez (Juan) of Altus, Oklahoma and Krislyn Harkins (Ryan) of Hereford, grandsons Chance Gibbs (Sarah) of Denton and Shay Aaron of Erick, Oklahoma, great grandsons Maverick and Greysen Martinez of Altus, Kagan Pillars and Slaton Harkins of Hereford, sisters Jean Watts of Paradise and Mary Ann Copas (Vic) of Graham, and beloved nephew Wally Costello (Elizabeth) of Newfoundland. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Wichita Falls and Visiting Angels for the love and care they gave Perry. In memoriam, the family suggests Hospice of Wichita Falls and Christ the King Catholic Church in Iowa Park. You may share your memories with the family by visiting www.duttonfuneralhome.com


  • Rosary Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Perry Copas

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Shirley (Bradberry) Bridwell

March 4, 2020

Dear Copas girls, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Guess he took care of everyone in the neighborhood....then saw no reason to stay, it just wasn't the same anymore. Your mom and dad and my folks spent many days 'visitin' over the fence, and our Dad's never failed to help one another out when needed. Too bad us kids couldn't have grown up together....but on the other hand maybe the neighborhood couldn't have handled it!! Your Dad was a the "perfect" dad for three little girls and you are what you are today because of your Dad's (and your Mom's) love for you. That we always have. Much love to you all, Shirley Bridwell

Robin (Stewart) Sherrill

February 28, 2020

Leora, Brenda, Carolyn - I'm so very sorry about your dad . I will be keeping all of you in my prayers. Love ya'll very much.

Utona Hamby

February 25, 2020

Leora, Brenda, Carolyn and families - I'm so very sorry about your dad and granddad. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers. Love ya'll very much.

Tina Delaney

February 24, 2020

Leora, Carolyn, Brenda and families,
Sean, Leah, Megan and I are sending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. I know what a presence he was in your lives and how much he will be missed. I think this quote I read is a very fitting sentiment: "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it" (although I'm sure there were times he had an opinion)! Anyone watching Uncle Perry could see his kindness, generosity and the love he had for his family and friends. I'll always cherish his thoughtfulness and my wonderful memories of this gentle man. He always had a twinkle in his eye. Our attempt at a selfie...he got it right, me not so much. Rest easy Uncle Perry; a life well lived XOXO

Edward Delaney

February 24, 2020

To Leora, Carolyn, Brenda nd family: Dot and I were deeply saddened to hear of Perry's passing. Perry and "his girls" have been very much on our minds and in our hearts and prayers these past two weeks. His passing leaves a void that nothing can ever fill; we know also that he has left you a treasure chest of loving, wonderful memories that will last forever.
I first met your mom and dad in 1973.That marked the beginning of a valued friendship that has endured and grown through the years. Perry was always there when you needed him -willing to help anyone at any time- a true and faithful friend to the end. We always looked forward to your mom and dad's summer visits to "Mom Lewis's" home in "the Junction", and in more recent times, to our home. Perry had a certain presence about him that endeared him to so many people. In his little notebook he kept meticulous track of so many family birth dates on the Lewis side of the family. This resulted in many children(my grand children included) receiving a birthday card from "Uncle Perry in Texas". He was a truly caring , considerate person. I am so glad to have had such a dear friend for so many years. I will miss him dearly. Although the miles separate us, know that we are close in heart and prayer as you mourn the passing of this much loved, special person. Love you all. Stay close. Uncle Ed, Aunt Dot & Stephen.

Donna Gaudet

February 24, 2020

From the Gaudet family in Kippens, NL, Canada, we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Copas family. My dad (John) kept in touch with Perry before his death in 2015. And we sent Christmas cards after he passed. R.I.P. Perry.

Brenda Edwards

February 24, 2020

Farm neighbors, Perry was never too busy to lend a helping hand, he watched over our place and we watched his. Like good neighbors do. We're sure going to miss seeing that red pickup coming down the road

Arlene Maddison

February 23, 2020

I read a quote once that said, “Everything you do that leaves a handprint or a heartprint, is your legacy.” Uncle Perry left behind a legacy of generosity, kindness, honesty and love. He was an incredibly special man. I know his Lewis family, which consisted of a very large family of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law(there were & still are, a lot of us) loved him dearly. We welcomed, enjoyed & appreciated every visit he took ‘home’. I believe he felt at home among us. I hope heaven is full of Maple Leaf bologna & mustard pickles.

Nicholas Hurley

February 23, 2020

Gwen and I extend our deepest sympathy to all of Perry's Family on the loss of such a wonderful man. We had the extreme pleasure of meeting him and his wife on many occasions at our good friends Ed and Dorothy Delaney . He was always joyful and pleasurable and a real gentleman. I am sure that although your loss is great but so are your many wonderful memories.
May they help you through this most difficult time .
Rest in peace Perry
Nick and Gwen
Ottawa. Canada

Linda & Charlene .

February 23, 2020

Love to all, we will see you Tuesday




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The Copas Family in 1944


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