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07/09/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Jerry Copes

Jerry Blackstone Copes
(15 Aug 1937 - 06 July 2017)

Warwick High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 
   We have more sad news today. Jerry Copes, Warwick HS Class of 1955, brother of the late Bruce Copes and Elly Copes and uncle of Laura Copes Pace ('65) of NC, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, July 06, 2017 at the age of 79. 


From the Daily Press - 07/09/17:

            Jerry Blackstone Copes
   

 

 
    NEWPORT NEWS - Jerry Blackstone Copes, 79, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 6, 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born at the old Riverside Hospital on August 15, 1937, to the late Nellie Wessells and James Eldridge Copes, Sr.

He was educated in Warwick County at Hilton Elementary School and Warwick High School. He received his undergraduate degree in 1959 from Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC and a graduate degree in banking from The School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University in 1976.

In May of 1960 Jerry began his banking career at Citizens National Bank of Hampton, which later became Bank of America, where he retired after 34 years. He then went to work for BB&T, formerly Peninsula Trust Bank, retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Jerry cultivated many loyal customers and friends.

 
Jerry Copes
 
 
  Jerry was active in the Hilton Tennis Club, Centre Court, James River Country Club, German Club, and Bronze Door Society of The Mariners' Museum. He remained loyal to his friends from elementary school, to high school, to college, being very involved with friends from Wofford, and traveling to many sporting events around the country. During the good and bad days, Jerry also remained loyal to his favorite team, the Washington Redskins.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruce Wessells Copes and James Eldridge "Elly" Copes. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Abbott Copes; son, Jason Blackstone Copes of Williamsburg (Petrina); niece, Laura Leigh Copes Pace (Tom) of Raleigh, NC; nephews, Mark Alan Copes (Gary) of Cincinnati, OH and Scott Nolan Copes (Shannon) of Florence, SC, several great nieces and nephews, and his loyal companion, Ca$h.

Jerry will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his love of people, and his competitive spirit in Tennis, Golf, and a good game of Gin Rummy.

The service and a reception celebrating Jerry's life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Mariners' Museum Office of Development, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23606, or Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on July 9
, 2017.
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July 09, 2017 

Judy,
As you get back to a normal routine, may family and friends give you comfort in your time of grief.

~ Melissa Sharpley, Raleigh, North Carolina
 


July 09, 2017 

Dear Judy, Jason, and family,
Judy and I send our heartfelt condolences. Holding you in our thoughts and prayers, we are praying that you experience God's sustaining grace in a powerful way during these difficult days. I thought of Jerry as a special friend, a talented fellow-banker, an admired classmate, and one with an especially warm, magnetic personality. A couple months ago, he stopped by my office and we had a good visit. As he told me of some friends he checked on frequently, I remarked, "You are a really good fella". He replied, "There are a lot of good folks in that class of ours." Let me say to you, there were many, but none finer than "Jerome". Looking back, I will always treasure this visit.....and, of course, his friendship.

~ Gordon Gentry, Newport News, Virginia


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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Jerry's family and friends at this difficult time.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802



The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias
 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia!


"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/t/t368.html - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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