Former Martin mayor passes at age 79

Former Martin mayor passes at age 79

Friends and family members will gather this weekend to bid farewell to a man who served his community in more ways than one.

Tom D. Copeland, 79, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis on Tuesday.

Copeland served as Martin’s mayor in the 70s and later for a second term in 1982-84. He, along with the city’s industrial board at the time, were instrumental in helping the city obtain MTD Products and a railroad spur.

He served as chairman of numerous civic organizations throughout the years.

In the early 1990s, Copeland became the first non-clergy  chair of the Memphis Conference Board of Pensions. He was a member of Martin’s First United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. He was a also a five-decade member of Martin’s Masonic Lodge #551 and was a Shriner. Copeland is survived by his wife Carolyn, and children, Tina and Richard Brewer of Martin and Melinda and Jeff Morrison of Martin. For Copeland’s complete obituary, see Page 9.

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