Our Beloved, OCTAVIA JANET “TAVE” COPELAND KING, daughter of the late Robert Copeland and Byrdene Williams Copeland, was born on June 28, 1948, in Halifax County, North Carolina, and was the fourth of their eleven children. She completed her earthly journey and entered her Heavenly home on Thursday, February 1, 2018, in the serenity of her home in Temple Hills, Maryland.
“Tave” professed her faith in Christ at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, during her early life. She received her formal education in the Halifax County Public School System and later continued her education in the field of Computer Science in Roanoke, Virginia, where she received her degree.
She then embarked on a career as a data analyst with the Government Printing Office (GPO) in Washington, DC, and remained a loyal dedicated employee for forty years before retiring in 2011. While at GPO, she met the love of her life, Earl Marshal King, and they were united in Holy Matrimony on August 11, 1973. God blessed this forty-four year union with one son, Erwin. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, friend, and caretaker to all who was in need.
After settling in Washington, DC, she joined Bright Light Baptist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, and gleefully served as a vessel for God for more than thirty years. She became a member of the Gospel Choir and eventually served as President, was Senior Advisor to “The Little Voices of God” for more than a decade and was especially delighted to serve in this nurturing role, and she was also an active member of the church finance committee. She later moved her membership to Central Baptist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland, and remained faithful until she answered the call to be with her Heavenly father.
“Tave” was unconditionally committed to being a servant of God and lived by the stirring spirit of the words, “To God Be The Glory”.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three of her siblings, Clarence and Warren Copeland, and Julia Copeland Fields.
Those remaining to forever share the legacy of her love and the precious memory of her life are her husband, Earl, and her son, Erwin, both of the home; two brothers, Raymond Copeland (Virginia) and Robert Copeland (Ernestine) all of Littleton, NC; five sisters, Tempie Copeland of Oxon Hill, MD, Clara Copeland and Wanda Williams (Roderick) all of Durham, NC, Eva Boone (Eakie) of Littleton, NC, and Kelly Harris (Landis) of Smithfield, VA; another sister-in-law, Evelyn Marie Prince (Allen) of Waldorf, MD; two other brothers-in-law, Randolph King of Bladensburg, MD, and Fred Fields of Littleton, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who will long feel this difficult void.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 127 Rock House Road, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Harry R. Carter, Jr., will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.