Alton Dale (A.D.) Copeland

Alton Dale (AD) Copeland, 94 passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Hendrick Hospice inpatient unit. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Lawn Baptist Church with the Reverend Price Mathieson and Lynn Turnbow officiating. Burial will be in Dewey Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.AD was born Nov. 14, 1916, in Ovalo, TX to Henry and Maggie Copeland. He married Opal Zimmerlee in 1936, in Lawn, TX. They had one son, Richard Copeland and one daughter, Janice Kite. AD and Opal moved to Sweetwater in 1943. AD worked as a mechanic at the Dodge sealership from 1943 to 1971. AD won numerous awards while at the Dodge dealership. After his employment there, he was owner of the Texaco Service Station on Lamar from 1971 to 1979. He then opened a garage on Broadway Street for three years. After his retirement, he continued to work on cars until age 80. He and Opal owned a lake lot in Brownwood for several years where all the family came, made memories and enjoyed riding go-carts, fishing, swimming and camping. AD and Opal moved to Abilene in 2001.Preceding A.D. in death was his wife, Opal, who passed away earlier this year in March; his parents; four brothers and four sisters; his daughter, Janice Kite; and one great-grandson, Trevor Bond Copeland.Survivors include one son, Richard Copeland and wife Janice; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.The family would like to thank Hendrick Hospice for all their kindness and compassion. Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601.