Georgie H. Copeland

Published 1:10 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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SUFFOLK — Georgie Harrell “Daw Daw,” Copeland went to be with her Lord on Oct. 12, 2020.

Georgie H. Copeland

She was the daughter of the late Claudine N. and Emmett G. Harrell and sister, Emma H. Gardner.

Georgie was a lifelong member of Holy Neck Christian Church. She taught in many different Sunday School classes and sponsored the youth fellowship both for many years. She sang in the choir since a teenager and served as a deacon and was chair for a couple of years.

Georgie taught secondary math in Suffolk Public Schools for 25 years and enjoyed teaching Algebra I. During her teaching career she co-sponsored the yearbook for 20 years and taught at Holland High, Forest Glen, Robertson Middle and Lakeland.

She was a member of the Pilot Club of Suffolk Inc. since 1991, in which she especially enjoyed chairing the Brunswick Stew Project.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Copeland; daughters, Nancy D’Amico, Susan Vick (Mark), M.L. Cruey (Kelly); grandchildren, Brittany V. Epperson (David), Reuben Vick, Jack D’Amico and Abigail Vick; great-grandchildren, Hartley Mae and Josie Lee Epperson; step-grandchildren, Amber Cruey (Travis) and Rachel Cruey; step great-grandchildren Isabella, Ethan and Amelia; sisters, Margaret Cobb and Mamie Sink; nieces and nephews, Ronnie, Harrell, Lorain, Brenda, Curtis, Pam and Tracey; and special friend, Shirley Weaver.

A funeral will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m., in Holy Neck Christian Church by the Rev. Dr. Dave Meadors. Due to COVID-19 the seating in the church will be limited to family members and Pilot Club members. The service will be broadcast on 101.5 FM in the church parking lot.

The family will receive friends (mask required and social distance as required by COVID-19 rules) at the home from Monday, Oct. 19 until Wednesday, Oct. 21. A private family inurnment will follow at the Norfleet Family Cemetery.

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, is serving the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Neck Christian Church or to the Cancer Care Foundation, P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA 23541 and online at

The family would like to thank the Medi Hospice Care team for all the care, guidance and support in caring for “Daw Daw.”

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