Rev. Heyward Warren Copeland, 81, of Catlett, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 28, 2017.
He was born in a log cabin in St. Charles, Lee County, South Carolina, on May 25, 1935, to Mary Ellen Mozingo Copeland and Heyward Witherspoon Copeland.
Rev. Copeland gave his life to the Lord at the age of 15 while plowing his grandfather’s cotton field. Stopping the mule, he bowed in prayer in the field. Not long after he began to feel the call to preach. In his hometown, houses were open for prayer meetings during the week and he was invited to speak. Before long, he was invited to speak in the church at the Wednesday evening prayer meetings. He began a home study course with the Church of the Nazarene and was licensed to preach. His first pastorate was in Lake City, S.C. in 1957. He moved from there to Rock Hill, S.C., and then to Kingstree, S.C.
From this church he entered the evangelist’s work, speaking in the states of Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. While in this work, having some Sundays available, he spoke at Jehoash Presbyterian Church, which was trying to keep it doors open. The Catlett church had been closed by the Potomac Presbytery in 1967. After two years at Jehoash Church, he was asked to pastor the church and in January of 1971 he became the pastor.
In the early 1980s, his health needed some attention, and tried to continue, but he found it not possible. He left the church at the close of 1987. After beginning to heal, he spoke in many churches in the area when pastors needed to be away. In May 1993 he returned to Jehoash continuing his pastorate until retirement on December 28, 2014.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia M. Copeland; three daughters, Dianne Wood and husband Jim, Lynn Cooper and husband Terry and Marian Rucker and husband Doug; three brothers, Richard, Earl and Tommy; two sisters, Beverly and Jeanette; nine grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elizabeth Sparrow, and a great-grandson, Caleb Michael Miller.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Jehoash Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at the Cedar Run Building in Catlett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jehoash Presbyterian Church, 3046 Tenerife Road, Catlett, Va. 20119 or to the Catlett Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., PO Box 280, Catlett, Va. 20119.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com