William Crovatt Copeland

November 3, 1928September 26, 2012

William C. Copeland, 83, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. He was born on November 3, 1928 in Macon, Ga. After graduating from High School, he and his parents moved to Savannah. There he attended Armstrong Junior College. He received his BBA from Emory in Atlanta, in June of 1951. After graduation, he served 24 months in the U.S. Army Quartermaster and 15 months in Korea. Most of his business career was in the Office Equipment industry with companies such as Friden, Singer, Trendata, Memorex and Toshiba. In September of 1986 he moved to Jacksonville and became associated with Bennett’s. He retired from Bennett’s in January of 1991. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ellen; his son, Mike (Wen) of Clayton, Ga.; daughter, Joan Foster, (John) of St. Augustine; granddaughter, Michael Ann Copeland and grandson, William Taylor Copeland, both of Clayton and several nieces and nephews. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. (TODAY) Friday, September 28, 2012, at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday the 29th at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. (904) 288-0025.


  • Visitation Friday, September 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 29, 2012

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October 4, 2012

We were Clasmates at Lanier, Gradudting in 1947. We will miss you.

T-wiley Tucker

Lamon Moates

October 3, 2012


Bill and I were 47 classmates at Lanier. I have such fond memories of him.

May He richly bless you and your family as you journey through the grieving process.


Lamon Moates

Leslie Williams

September 28, 2012

Bill was one of my daddys best friends. They worked together for many years, but their friendship lasted much longer than their careers. When daddy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs disease, mama once told me that it was in the worst of times that the best of mankind reveals himself. She was right. Bill was clear evidence thereto. He never stopped being a presence. He came over every week and took dad out for breakfast and to the farmers market. No trip they took was without a funny story to follow. Seeing the twinkle in their eyes as they egged each other on was as good as the jokes they had played on unsuspecting souls they had happened upon. They were both jokers, laughter was their other best friend. Bill was a source of encouragement and joy.

During their working days they had a weekly contest to see whose home-grown rose was the prettiest (they would each use baby-oil and an assortment of concoctions to shine the leaves up Thursday nights!). In their retirement days they made a goal to go to every church on San Jose Boulevard. They put a new twist on the old phrase bar-hopping! It was always worth it to be around on Sunday afternoons to hear their tales and share a laugh.

Knowing that Bill and Daddy are together once more I am comforted that neither is in pain, confusion or distress. They are merrily walking, talking and visiting with all in our great Heaven above. They are much like stars at night, even when we can not see them we know they are there. I love them and I miss them. I am blessed with memories of good cheer. Inside I know they are happy, peaceful and thankful we are here taking care of the ones they loved; their families and their friends who are left to a high standard to lift each others hearts and make each other smile.

- In fond memory and with much love, I am the proud daughter of John Walton Williams and friend of Bill and Ellen Copeland

September 27, 2012

Dear Ellen and family,
May you find God's comfort in this time of loss, knowing that one day you will be together again. Buzz & Donna

Bob Smith

September 27, 2012

Dear Ellen and family,
May God send His Comforter to mend your aching heart and send joy and peace back into lives.
Bob and sue

Joseph Cross

September 27, 2012

Dear "Uncle Bill",
We will truly miss you and you will be in our hearts and in our prayers forever.
Joseph & Mary Ellen Cross & Family