James Norman "Jim" Copple
James Norman "Jim" Copple, 44, 3103 Lime Ave., died at 10p.m. at
He was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Centralia, the son of Raymond I. and
Nellie (Williams) Copple. On Nov. 30, 1973, in Mt. Vernon, he married Debra
Jo "Debbie" Hutchison, who survives.
Mr. Copple graduated from Centralia High School in 1958 and also
graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon. He then became a teacher and
taught science and physical education and coached basketball and track at
Campground Grade School, Rome Grade School, Old Union School and
Woodlawn Grade School, all in the Mt. Vernon area.
In 1972 he went to work for the Illinois Secretary of State's office
and later was associated with the Equitable Life Insurance Co.
He returned to teaching in 1975 and was a teacher and coach at the
Woodlawn Grade School until becoming an employee of the Vern-Wood Press as
a lithographer. He held that position until his health failed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Julie Beth
Copple at home; one son, James Andrew Copple at home; his parents Raymond
and Nellie Copple of Walnut Hill; two brothers, Allen Copple of Mt.
Vernon and Rodney Copple of San Manuel, California; one grandmother Elsie
Williams of Irvington; this mother and father-in-law Harold and Thelma
Hutchison of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Church
of Christ with J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will follow in the
Little Grove Cemetery near Walnut Hill.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday and until 11 a.m. Monday at the
Hughey Funeral Home and from noon until the funeral hour at the church.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Good
Samaritan Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Mr. Copple was a member of Little Grove Christian Church.
Submitted by: Ida Reeves