In memory of
William Spencer "Bill" Copeland
William "Bill" Spencer Copeland High Springs - William "Bill" Spencer Copeland, 66, of High Springs, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center of Lake City, FL, following a short illness. Bill was born in Eastman, Georgia on August 23, 1954 to Mildred Spencer Copeland and the late Johnie Franklin Copeland, Sr. Following graduation from high school in 1972 from Rolling Green Academy in Alachua, FL, Bill attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and graduated with an Associate Degree in Diesel Mechanics in 1974. After obtaining a license as a general contractor of metal fabric materials, Bill owned and operated Copeland Metal Construction Company in Georgia for a few years. Returning home to live, he further distinguished himself by receiving certifications in welding and with the application of herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. In 1986, Bill enlisted in the Florida Air National Guard, the 202nd Red Horse Guard Squadron. While serving in this construction and reconstruction military unit, he was deployed to numerous nations. He received the sharp shooter metal twice, with accurate proficiency using either eye with which to aim and shoot. Bill served his country during war time, honorably discharged from military duty in 2014 after achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Bill owned the J F Copeland Farm where he worked as a farmer and diesel mechanic. He enjoyed reading, hunting, and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Eva Copeland and his mother, Mildred Copeland, both of Alachua, Florida; his daughters, Amy (Scott) Fulford, Gwen (Jay) Poole of Lake City, Florida: his sons, Jed (Michelle) Copeland of Alachua, Florida, Grant (Vi) Copeland of Houston, Texas, Curtis Copeland: his stepchildren Joshua (Kelly) Mueller of Lake City, Florida; and Sarena (Vincent) Cambrea of Chattanooga, Tennessee: his brother Johnnie Frank (Carol) Copeland, Jr and his sister Kathy (Andy) Copeland Powell; thirteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 19201 NW CR 235A, High Springs, Florida. A private family burial will follow at Newnansville Cemetery.
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