Jeffery Dale Copeland, 63, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, Monday, September 5th, at Blake Hospital in Bradenton, FL.
Born in Greenfield, IN, Jeff moved to Bradenton, where he started his career in autobody because of his passion for restoring and repairing damaged cars. His favorite place was his garage; you could always find him there, and it was the place to be. Everyone from the neighborhood, family, friends, his animals, stray animals, and even the local wildlife would hang out with Jeff in his garage. Jeff was friendly to everyone and never met a stranger. He loved making people laugh, and he was always the life of this party.
Jeff is survived by his mother, Nancy Copeland. Daughters Crystal Caruso (John Caruso) and Heather White (Jermey Bentley). Grandchildren Katelyn Bentley and Austin Bentley. Siblings Cary Copeland (Marlene Copeland), Tim Copeland, Brady Copeland, Christina Cagley, and Trisha Wadman (Chris Collette). He is preceded in death by his father, Owen Copeland.
As per Jeff's wishes, there will be no memorial services. You may send condolences and flowers to Heather White at 808 68th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34207.
"So many great memories with Jeff. He and Carry inspired my love for muscle cars to this day. Remember Jeff's 1966 or 67 Camaro SS. Wow! What a ride. Great childhood, adolescent, teenage, young adult and adult experiences I will never forget. Thank you Jeff for being authentic and a good role model in your own unique ways. May you rest in heaven. Love your cousin, David"
"Jeff definitely did not know any strangers. He would talk to people passing by.
I miss you already my brother. "
"Jeff was a friend to many, many people. Easy to talk to and always was busy fixing something. You will be missed by all that knew you. My heart goes out to the family. Rest easy and fly high with the angels My Dear....."
"Prayers for all of Jeff's family."
"Our deepest condolences to the Copeland family and friends from the staff at Sound Choice Cremation."