Roland H. Copeland, Jr.

August 13, 2012


Virginia Beach – Roland Hughes “H” Copeland, Jr., 87, passed away August 13, 2012. Born in North Carolina, H was the son of the late Roland and Maggie Copeland, Sr. He retired after 37 years of dedicated service as a service technician with VEPCO. H was a member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Chesapeake.
He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Virginia Copeland; two sons, Tilson Copeland and wife Sandra of Chesapeake, and Larry Copeland, all of Chesapeake; Robbie White adopted son of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson and husband E.J. of Chesapeake, Laura Phillips and husband James of Bel Air, MD, Nancy Copeland and Mark Copeland, both of Chesapeake; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, De Lorraine Asbell and Anna Faye Stallins, both of Elizabeth City, NC.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd in Virginia Beach with Rev. Dr. Ken Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Woodland Heights Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Robert Wood
8 years ago

H was my favorite uncle. He had a great sense of humor but he clearly loved playing the joke rather than being the butt of the joke. I admired his prowess with plants … he could grow tomatoes on a concrete slab with no water well, maybe that is a bit of a stretch – but he always had the best garden. Loved his pecans. H was also a prolific grower of junk. His garage was burglar proof because no one could get into it with all of the junk … er, treasures blocking the entry. The world is a little less bright and enjoyable with his departure, but look out Lord because ya got a lovable rascal on the way.

Ginny, Tilson and Larry I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband and dad was the greatest. I pray that the Lord will give you peace and healing.


Bob & Marianne Wood

Lori Lyttle
8 years ago

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I ask for peace beyond comprehension for your family during this difficult time.

Beth Walker
8 years ago

Mrs.Copeland,Larry,Tilson and family Im so sorry to hear the news today.H as he was called was a heck of a guy he was so much fun to be around i am the cleaning lady and i just loved him ,he had a special personality that was very infectious and you just wanted to stick around to see him give Mrs Copeland a hard time i can hear him right now calling out Ginny whats for lunch? i am so happy to have known him and i will miss him dearly its hard to believe i have been working for the copelands on and off for over 16 yrs.I am here for you Mrs Copeland and always will be Love you

Valrie Crouch
8 years ago

Tilson & Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and may God’s love and comfort be with your family during this time and always. Valrie

Pansy Steele
8 years ago

Virginia and family,

Even though I did not get to know H on a personal basis, I looked forward to his warm smile and big hug every Sunday at church. You two made a precious couple. God bless you and your family at this sad time.


Pansy Steele

Pam Tripp
8 years ago


What a blessing to have known your man. He always had a big smile and a hug for me and others as well. He will truly be missed by our group at the corale. May our Lord hold you and your family close during this time of grief.

Ralph Moses
8 years ago

Virginia, Tilson and Larry – I am so sorry about H.’s passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family.

I have often thought about, and will continue to remember those really fun times and experiences we shared with H.– especially at Disputanta. He is a very special and wonderful person and friend. He will be dearly missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. God will help you thru.

Fondly, Ralph Moses