Henry Warren Copeland, Sr. was born on August 11, 1948, in Norfolk, VA. He passed away on June 26, 2023, at Atrium Health Cabarrus after battling pancreatic cancer. Known by the nickname "Butch," Henry led a remarkable life filled with achievement and compassion.
From an early age, Henry displayed a strong work ethic and a commitment to doing what needed to be done. These qualities guided him throughout his career as a Corrections Officer, where he brought discipline and fairness to his work. His dedication to his profession earned him the respect of his colleagues and the admiration of those under his care.
While his career was important to him, Henry's true joy in life came from his family and friends. He was adored for his warm personality and sharp wit – qualities that endeared him to everyone he encountered. Henry had a way of putting people at ease with his easygoing nature and infectious laughter.
In addition to being a devoted family man, Henry had many passions outside of work. One of his proudest accomplishments was his time as a professional football player. He played for both the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the World Football League (WFL). From 1973 to 1974, he showcased his skills as a Halfback and Fullback for the Calgary Stampeders, Portland Storm, and The Hawaiians.
Henry's dedication to education was apparent during his time at Parson's College from 1967-68. He understood the importance of knowledge and encouraged others to pursue their educational aspirations.
Henry will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His memory will live on through his loving sons: Henry Copeland Jr. (Charlene), Parrish Warren Copeland; bonus daughter Tomika Jones, step-sons: Joseph Bartholomew Jr., David Bartholomew; grandchildren: Adante Jones, Cordell "Jordan" Jones, Parrish Copeland Jr., Christopher Jones, Casanova Copeland, Henry Copeland III; and great-grandchildren: Nevaeh Willis-Jones, Paityn Jones, Aamir Jones, Penelope Copeland, Alayah Copeland, Imani'Dior Jones, Raine Jones, King Copeland. He was preceded in death by his grandchild Adonte Lyas.
Even in our grief, let us celebrate Henry's life and the lasting impact he had on those fortunate enough to have known him. May his legacy serve as an inspiration for us all to work hard and embrace life's joys. Rest in peace, Henry Warren Copeland Sr., your spirit will forever hold a revered place in our hearts.