WILLIS COPPEDGE was born to the late Jimmie Coppedge and Bertha Lee Coppedge on June 2, 1947, in Warren County, North Carolina. He answered God’s call to eternal rest and peace on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, New York.
During his early life, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a faithful member of the Odell Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, under the leadership of Rev. C. Scott.
Willis’ formal education was received in the Warren County Public School System, and he attended Long School, Vaughan Elementary School, and John R. Hawkins High School.
Willis grew up on the farm in Littleton, North Carolina, and later relocated to Washington, DC, then on to New York City. He became employed with The Big Apple House of Record as a welder and also worked at the World Trade Center.
Willis loved the people in his community. He enjoyed traveling far and near to support his family and friends for family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, and all kinds of other occasions just to have fun. He loved his brothers from another mother, the Brinkleys. You wouldn’t see one without the other. They all enjoyed each other and loved each other unconditionally.
Willis was a great father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He always made sure that the family was secure. His genuine love, kindness, and friendship will be sorely missed and always remembered by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Louis, Thomas, Cleveland, James, and Jesse Coppedge.
Loved ones remaining to forever cherish his precious memory and to celebrate the legacy of his life and love are his five daughters, Pamela Hester, Onethia Hester, Willette Hester, Samantha Hester, and Patricia Buck all of Raleigh, NC; his two sons, Willis Coppedge, Jr. of Glenarden, MD, and Justin Alston of Raleigh, NC; seventeen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six sisters, Nellie Smith of Long Island, NY, Edith Coppedge, Emma Coppedge, and Ida Coppedge all of New York, NY, and Carolyn West and Addie Alston (James) of Littleton, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many many friends including a special friend, William Butler of Savanna, GA, and the love of his life for thirty years, Verline Nesmith.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the William-Price Family Cemetery, Price Road, Littleton, NC. Rev. Andrew West will deliver the eulogy. Because of Covid-19, the CDC guidelines will be followed for all services by limiting the number of people in attendance. A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 2:00-5:00 P.M. and only five persons will be allowed to enter at any one time.