Joseph Rudolph (Rudy) Copeland, age 87, died on Friday, February 13, 2009 at Rich Square Health Care Center in Rich Square, North Carolina. Rudy was born on June 25, 1921 to Julia Ota Mathews Copeland and Joseph F. Copeland in Murfreesboro, Nprth Carolina. A life long member of the Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and a veteran of World War II, Rudy was a successful distributor of publications, president and owner of Paul’s Inc and president and co-owner of City News Inc, both of Charlottesville, VA, prior to his retirement in 1994.
Rudy was married to the late Dorothy Strange Copeland for 46 years prior to her death in 1994. He is survived by his second wife of 13 years, Louise Phipps Copeland, of Murfreesboro, North Carolina; his daughter, Carole Lohman and her husband Leonard of Charlottesville, Virginia; his son, Jon Marc Copeland of Richmond, Virginia; his stepdaughter, Kathy Brett; his stepson, George Randall Copeland and his wife Cindy; his stepdaughter, Karen Cavin and her husband Scott, all of Murfreesboro, North Carolina, and six grandchildren.