Born 3-18-1928 -- Died 3-19-2006
Virgie Marie "Granny" Copeland, daughter of the late James Thomas Jefferson Copeland and Nora Lavada Miller Copeland, was born March 18, 1928, in Allen Reed, Texas.
She died March 19, 2006, in Batesville at the age of 78. She was united in marriage to Sylvester Leon Gulley and to this union two children were born.
She spent her life as wife, mother and grandmother and homemaker.
She worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company, a nurse's aide at Pioneer Nursing Home. She also worked in the deli at Town and Country Supermarket and she worked at the White River Shirt Company in Melbourne.
In 1974 she was united in marriage to Shelby Neel.
Copeland was member of the Melbourne Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Kathy Gulley, and Paul and Cindy Gulley, all of Melbourne; one sister, Anna Haley of Melbourne, six grandchildren, Amanda Cooper of Violet Hill, Jeff Gulley of Elizabethtown, Tenn., Kelby Gulley, Shea Dillard, Chris Gulley and Gavin Gulley, all of Melbourne; five great-grandchildren; Bandon Roberts, Tyler Gulley, Kayla Cooper, Justin Cooper and Cheyenne Conway; and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one husband, Shelby Neel.
The funeral service was held March 22 at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne, with Eric Williamson and Steve Steven-son officating. Burial followed in the Combs Cemetery with arrangemets under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Memorials may be made to the Combs Cemetery Mainten-ance Fund.
Pallbearers were Jerry Blankenship, Glen Hunt, Terry Smith, Bob Ramsey, Charlie Woods and Son Lamb.
Honrary pallbearers were Kenny Jones, Jerry Russell and Dr. Greg Neaville.