Obituary: Jimmy D. Copeland



Jimmy D. Copeland
November 4, 1949 – November 2, 2016

Jimmy was born on November 4, 1949 in Crosbyton, TX. He married Linda Copeland on August 5, 1972 in Brawley, city where he resided. Jimmy was lifted-up to the Lord on November 2, 2016.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 18, at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Pastor Ted Koroluk.

Jimmy worked in maintenance all his life for numerous companies including F.M. Warehouse, Clark Seybert at H&S Milling and Maraccini Inc. He then went to work for the Calipatria School District where he retired in November 2012 after 18 years.

He was a simple man who loved his family dearly. Jimmy cherished his trips to the desert, mountains, the beach, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jimmy was known for his cooking. Deep frying turkeys, smoking different meats and pit meat and tri-tip were among his favorite. He had his own secret recipe that he would make for anyone however never shared the ingredients.

Fundraising for children was at the top of his list. He would often volunteer to cook for groups who were fundraising and would also assist them in selling tickets. He mostly enjoyed cooking for the Mulberry School BBQ which was very special to him because that is where his children attended.

He worked hard in 4-H and FFA. One of his proudest accomplishments was designing and building a huge tack trailer for the Brawley FFA in the late 80’s. This trailer was used at the fair to store supplies and is still in use today.

After Jimmy’s retirement, he helped his wife Linda at the Mulberry School cafeteria until she also retired.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Jimmy was preceded in death by parents Sylvester and Effie Lee Copeland, brother Willie Copeland, sister Barbara Ann Perkins and in-laws Bob and Juanita Merrill.

He is survived by wife, Linda Copeland, son Brandon (Christina) Copeland, daughter Ginger Copeland, grandchildren Samantha, Julianna and Hayden Copeland, Erin Parish, sister Kay Campbell, sister-in-law Chris Copeland, brother-in-law Stephen (Denise) Merrill of San Juan Capistrano, nieces Judy and Kelly Fortenberry, Janet Piper, nephews Donald Piper Dub, and Willie Perkins, Trent and Tanner Merrill, and aunts Charlie Gills and June Jones.