Alfred Eugene Copeland II, 29, of Pulaski, Va., passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
He was born June 11, 1985, in Montgomery County, Va., the son of Kurt Copeland and Threasa Coe Copeland.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred E. and Maxine Copeland and Henry and Sylvia Coe; great-grandmothers Iva Copeland and Carrie A. Goad; and special aunts Berdie Trail and Pauline Anderson.
Eugene graduated with top honors from Pulaski County High School in auto collision. He was awarded a $500 scholarship from Volvo Trucking for tools. He was encouraged by his teacher, Roger Caudell, to attend NADC, which Eugene later did. Eugene graduated from NADC in auto-collision repair as Valedictorian with top honors and perfect attendance.
In addition to his parents, Copeland is survived by his daughter, Rozalind; a sister, Holly Copeland; an aunt, Wanda Walters; uncles Stephen Copeland, Jim Copeland and Michael Copeland; cousins Eric Copeland, Al Copeland, Tracey Copeland, Jennifer Copeland, Brooke Copeland-Rosen, Aaron Copeland, Eddie Coe, Todd Walters, Amy Macias, and Donald and Jean Anderson; special friends Dale and Anita Quesenberry; his ex-wife, Amanda Quesenberry; his employer and friends, Duane, Stacy and Isaiah Tuck; his devoted companion, Bear; and by many other cousins. Eugene will also be greatly missed by many car enthusiasts, and he was a very valued employee of Tuck’s Collision.
Eugene also loved fishing and swimming on Claytor Lake, and deer hunting and archery, which he loved to do with his daughter, Rozalind.
“My Daddy, ‘My Hero’
You held my hand
When I was small.
You caught me when I fell.
You’re the hero of my childhood
And in my heart, later years, as well.
And every time I think of you
My heart still fills with pride.
Though I’ll always miss you, Dad
I know you’re by my side.
In laughter and in sorrow
In sunshine and through rain,
I know you’re watching over me
Until we meet again.”
– Author Unknown
Daddy, I love and miss you and a day will never go by that you will not be in my thoughts and in my heart. I will always be proud to be your daughter. I love you, Rozalind.
“Eugene was a kind, selfless person who was very dependable, genuine and always eager to get started on the next project. Eugene was a very hard and compassionate worker who loved the job that he did and was good at it. He took pride in all the work that he completed; his main attribute was working on antique cars. Eugene’s moto was – It’s not only Tuck’s Collision’s name, it was also his name that was associated with the vehicle/job.” Sadly missed, Stacy, Duane and Isaiah Tuck
You have given me the greatest gift I could ever ask for. I would give all I have for you to be here to help me raise our beautiful daughter. I promise to always take care of her for the both of us. You will be with us wherever we go and not a day will go by that you aren’t thought of or talked about. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. I will love you always, Mandy”
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Water’s Edge Meeting Facility at Claytor State Park, Dublin, Va., with Pastor Mike Coleman officiating. The family will receive friends at the same facility from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to The National Bank, c/o The Rozalind Copeland Educational Fund, 250 N. Washington Ave., Pulaski, VA 24301.
Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.