Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


John Thurman Copeland

November 15, 1936August 23, 2019

John Thurman Copeland, 82, of Powderly, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Cremation was under the care & direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. A family gathering will be held at a later date.

Mr. Copeland, the son of Elmer John & Stella Posey Copeland, was born Nov. 15, 1936, in Finley, OK. He served in the United States Army National Guard. John was a Geophysicist/Computer Analysist working in many countries around the world. His career spanned forty-one years from 1962-2003. On Nov. 9, 1962, he married Dian Marie Gifford, building fifty-six years of family and memories. Survivors include his wife, Dian, one son, John Aaron Copeland, along with extended family members and a host of friends.

If desired, the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of ones choice.


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends at a later date.


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Gates and Linda Copeland

August 25, 2019

Sending our love and sympathy to Dian and the rest of the family in the loss of John Thurman. We loved Elmer and Stella very much and we know they were quite proud of John Thurman and his achievements. We also loved John Thurman and certainly appreciated his service to our country. He was Gates’s first cousin.