David “Tandy” Copeland Sr. was embraced by the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
The funeral was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stonewall, Louisiana officiated by Rev. Mark Franklin.
He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Barbara Ann Crouch Copeland and Joe Edward Copeland Sr. (Papa Joe) in 1958. He was a graduate of Fair Park High School. Tandy was married to the love of his life, Donna, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church and they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary earlier this year. They raised their children in Keatchie, Louisiana living their lives to the fullest and creating a lifetime of beautiful memories.
Tandy was a man of many hats. He was known as “Gator” when he was a truck driver. He worked in Oil & Gas for many years before retirement. He was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, beloved Papaw, history enthusiast, and an all-around, Mr. Fix It. When he was not on the lake, he loved spending time with his family, educating them on historical events, telling jokes, and being the life of the party. He delighted in beginning his mornings sitting out on the porch with Donna drinking coffee and loved to watch and listen to the incredible symphony of nature.
Tandy is predeceased by his parents, Joe E. Copeland Sr. and Barbara Crouch Copeland; brothers, Joe E. Copeland, Jr. and Arthur William Copeland; and his precious granddaughter, Addyson Kenley Copeland. He is survived by his brother, Michael Copeland, and sister, Amy Copeland Simmons.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna M. Cobb Copeland, and their amazing children; David T. Copeland, Jr. (T.J.) and wife, Brittney of Benton, LA; Lauren Copeland Findley and husband, Stephen of Keatchie, LA; Brian L. Copeland and partner, Lauryn, of Haughton, LA; Chelsea Copeland Patterson and husband, Charles of Haughton, LA.
Grandchildren lit up Tandy’s world and they are: Arianna, Trace, Avery, Reighlynn, Kylee, Paisley, Jace, Jaxon, Ledger, and Addyson.
Honoring Tandy as pallbearers will be Mark Cobb, Stephen Findley, Charles Patterson, Cody King, James Black, Bubba Green, Don Stewart, & Dale Gorman. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Charles Miller and Jeff McFadden.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Ann’s Building Fund in care of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 760, Mansfield, LA 71052.
In celebration of Tandy, we encourage family and friends to wear their favorite fishing shirt in honor of him!