Edmund "Berkeley" Copeland

October 30, 1946July 26, 2018

Edmund Berkeley Copeland, 71, of Sherwood passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 30, 1946 to parents Edmund Berkeley Copeland, Sr. and Janalice Copeland. He was an Eagle Scout. Berkeley grew up in North Little Rock. He graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1965 and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church. Berkeley coached American Legion baseball for over 30 years.

Berkeley began his career with General Electric Credit, becoming the Branch Manager in Tupelo, Mississippi. He served as VP at Associate Pharmacy and Purchasing Manager with Affiliated Foods. He later worked for Forrest City Grocery and wound up his career with Acosta before retiring.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 36 years, Mary Ann Copeland of Sherwood; his mother, Janalice Copeland, son, William Edmund (Shelly) Copeland of Cabot; step-sons James Wesley Willis of San Antonio and Robert William (Rachel) Willis of Little Rock; eight grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Ann Adametz and Janice Ritchie. He is preceded in death by his father.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Entombment Friday, August 3, 2018

Edmund "Berkeley" Copeland

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Jim Hurst

August 1, 2018

I worked with Berkeley several years at Affiliated Foods and found Berkeley to be one of the most likeable and honest people I have known. He will be missed.

james willis

August 1, 2018

we talk now
more than we did before.
I treasured the call's
twice a week
I just never thought
my best memories
would be the ones that I lost
and can't remember.
all that I would have from December
is a picture to view.
But I have a picture.

I have always trusted you before, so why is today so different.
You stood so tall,
so strong,
you play with Jesse on the floor. You were so encouraging for KC, who walked away with confidence I never saw before.

I smile
hearing Burke
in the kitchen,
The shake of the paper in his chair.
The smell of fresh cut grass. and the grill
started in the backyard.
Knowing you're gone is so hard.

I know you are watching
your grand children,
from high in the bleachers.
Your pride and your joy.
But there are legos not built
and Chess moves not made.

..... you may have set yourself free but did you think of me....
You carried a load too heavy to make it to the house
but I have faith you made it home.

Sam & Angie Tatom

August 1, 2018

To the Family, sorry for your loss. So many memories with Affiliated Foods and the gang. Berkeley was a good man and very kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Rest in Peace, our friend...

james willis

July 31, 2018

Love you Berkeley
with three Es.....

We love you Berk

We love you Bubba

I love you Dad

Donna Brown

July 30, 2018

I had not known Berkeley very long,but he had always had a story to tell about something or someone. Mr.B,will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Prayers be with the family. Our thoughts are with you. R.I.P Berkeley. Our hearts are breaking

Carolyn Waddington

July 30, 2018

I was the Receptionist for Affiliated Foods and Berkeley passed my desk numerous times a day...always with a sweet smile and usually something funny to say! He was a pleasure to be around and certainly one of the good guys!! He will be missed by the grocery business and all his legions of friends!!

Stephen Bentley

July 30, 2018

Berkeley was always kind to me and greeted me with smile and handshake. He was very fair to deal with and was always a man of his word. After Berkeley retired and joined our Acosta Store Set team for some part time work, he would stop by my office and visit. He would fill me in on what was going on and we would talk about old times. Berkeley was a key component of the Aff Southwest Purchasing Team and was respected by their retailer members . The Razorbacks have lost one of its greatest fans. RIP Berkeley, you will not be forgotten.

Barbara Blount

July 30, 2018

Berkeley was such a nice man to work with. He was always kind to everyone. I am so sorry for your loss.

Julie Bellott

July 29, 2018

Berkeley was a good man and Im proud to have had him as a friend RIP my friend. You will be missed

Rita Reid (Landry)

July 29, 2018

Berkeley Copeland was the kindest most sincere man I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and to call my friend. Everyone that ever met him,
loved him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace my dear friend. There is no pain and suffering for you anymore.