James Malcolm Copal of Glenwood, Florida, went to be with the Lord February 13, 2017. Jim was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1930. He graduated from Tocca Falls Institute and Georgia Tech. An electronics engineer, he went overseas as a missionary with the Far East Broadcasting Company. Part of his story is told in the book Sky Waves. An early accomplishment, of his many, was changing a 100 kilowatt short wave transmitter to a medium wave. This was the first time it had been done and garnered him much recognition. Jim later joined the Voice of America and was stationed in Okinawa; Liberia, West Africa; Greece and the Philippines. He was recognized by two US Presidents. Jimmy Carter sent him a letter of appreciation. Ronald Reagan appointed him to two US government positions in 1981. The first was Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. The second as a Consular Officer and Secretary in the Diplomatic Service. He retired in 1989, but kept up with radio as a member of the local Amateur Radio Club as long as his health allowed. Jim is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Doris Mae Hubbard Copal, his daughter Cary Bethel Copal, and his brother Bruce R. Copal. He was predeceased by his son David Malcolm Copal. Jim will be remembered as a very kind and intelligent man, who left the world a better place. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 17th at 2pm at Allen-Summerhill Memorial Chapel in DeLand, with a visitation from 1-2pm prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.allensummerhill.com . Allen-Summerhill DeLand is in charge.
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