Hattie Plante Copeland

December 23, 1924January 9, 2018
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COPELAND, Hattie Plante, 93, of Henrico, Hattie was born December 23, 1924 in Fitzwilliam, NH, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Lakewood Manor in Richmond. She will be remembered for her servant's heart, musical talents and loving hugs.

She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and served as church organist at Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, and Children's Choir Director at Flagler Street Baptist Church in Miami, FL. Most recently she was a member of Derbyshire Baptist Church for 50 years where she served as the pastor's wife from 1967 - 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James R. Copeland. She is survived by her three sons, Richard (Marian) Copeland of Henrico, Robert Copeland of Richmond, and James (Gail) Copeland of Manakin Sabot; grandchildren, Rich Copeland of Mascot, Australia, Valerie Williamson (Patrick) of Henrico, Rob Copeland (Kendra) of Henrico, Brian Copeland (Andrea) of Midlothian, Stephanie Copeland of Midlothian and Michael Copeland of Henrico; seven great-grandchildren all living in the area.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Derbyshire Baptist Church or donor's choice. The family will receive friends at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5 to 8pm. A celebration of Hattie's life will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10am at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Rd., Richmond, Va. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at



  • Visitation Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 13, 2018


  • Interment

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Tim Teachey

February 3, 2018

Thank you so much for helping me grow up at Ginger Park Baptist. Both of you. So many wonderful memories.

gail Copeland

January 25, 2018

Thanks to everyone who send cards, donations, flowers, wrote on facebook and who wrote in this guestbook. Hattie will surely be missed by many as she had a positive impact on so many lives in Richmond and beyond. The adjectives used to describe her were so loving and heartfelt. Farewell Hattie, ye good and faithful servant of God.

Sheila Stephenson- Lindsey

January 15, 2018

Hattie was a totally charming, hospitable and loving servant of Jesus Christ....a life well-lived and loved. Hattie taught me to say thank you more often and smell the flowers!!!!

Wilton & Pat Curtis

January 14, 2018

Having the opportunity to know Hattie was a privilege and an honor. From having met her as our first Sunday School teacher at Derbyshire many years ago, she was always a positive force in our lives. Thank you so much.

Frank Overbey

January 11, 2018

Richard and Jimmy - Your mom was such a gracious lady and a perfect compliment to your dad. Many fond memories at Derbyshire. Thought and prayers to you and your family. Frank.

Toni Binford

January 10, 2018

I admired & appreciated Hattie & Jim so much. I'm grateful to have had them in my life as a young adult growing in Christ. She was always glowing with such love for everyone. The Copeland family are in my thoughts for comfort & strength & I put you on the prayer list tonight at my church. You have the support & prayers of many people.

January 10, 2018

Hattie extended love and care to everyone she met. She was an inspiring sunday school teacher to Stewart and I and so many others. Our hearts go out her family and friends during this time of loss. I feel blessed to have known her.
With Deep Sympathy,
Carol Von Herbulis

Buddy Waller

January 10, 2018

It was always an honor and pleasure to be in Mrs. Copeland's company. She was so upbeat, engaging and had a keen sense of humor. She was exceptionally kind to me and my mother (as was Dr. Copeland).
I especially remember the joyful 1971 Youth Choir trip to Miami that she arranged. No one could have been a better den mother to that busload of Derbyshire teens.
I've never been a good singer, but, as Youth Choir director, she managed to get passable performances out of me.
For decades, I've lived away from Richmond, but I always enjoyed seeing and talking to her at Derbyshire when I retuned to my hometown.
Another great memory I have is the delicious Russian tea that she made for the annual Christmas Eve open house.
To her family, I extend my deepest condolences and prayers that you will find the strength you need in the days ahead.

Frank & Betty Leonard

January 10, 2018

We knew Hattie and Jim many years ago when we lived in Richmond and were members of Derbyshire Baptist Church. They were fine Christians. Please accept our condolences regarding Hattie's passing.
Frank and Betty Leonard
Raleigh, NC 27613

January 10, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11