Donald "Ras" Lee Copeland, 71, of Paragould, passed from this life on Sunday, September 27, 2020, surrounded by his family who love him. He was born August 18, 1949, in Rector, AR, to the late Melvin and Almarea Holifield Copeland.
Ras was a graduate of Rector High School and Crowley's Ridge College. He worked for Wonder Bread for 30 years and then enjoyed his retirement by working part time at Bayird Dodge and Chrysler in Paragould until finally retiring full time. Ras loved God, his country, family, and pretty much anyone that he met. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, racing cars, and drinking coffee with his friends.
Ras was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Lynn Copeland of the home; sons, Joshua Copeland (Holly), Seth Copeland; daughter, Cary Malyn Holman (Todd Robinson); brothers, Bill Copeland (Betty), Quinton Copeland (Dorothy); sisters, Jean Foster, Lou Robinson (Clay); and five grandchildren, Whitney McFarland (Skyler), Emma Copeland, Kieran Holman, McKain Holman, Drayton Holman, and of course his riding buddy, Otis.
The family will receive friends on Friday, October 2, from 10:30 a.m. until service time at Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home with Robert Looney officiating.
If one wishes to make a memorial, Ras would be honored by contributions to the American Legion, VFW, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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