Obituary of Buddy Copelin

Buddy Copelin, age 90, of Peculiar, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, TX.

He was born October 12, 1932 in Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of Elias and Etta Copelin.  He graduated from Rogers High School in Arkansas with the class of 1952.

Shortly after graduating, Buddy entered the US Army and served in Salzburg, Austria.  He married his bride, JoAnn, in May 1953 and had 69 wonderful years together.

He owned and operated Goodyear Tire stores for the majority of his life and after retirement, he worked another 20 years for O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.  Buddy enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Peculiar for almost 50 years.

Buddy will be lovingly missed by his wife, JoAnn, his daughter, Debbie Taylor, and husband Steve, his grandsons, Nathan Taylor, Nick Copelin, and wife Jennie, and Zack Copelin, three great-grandchildren, Presley, Foster and Judah Copelin and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Paten, EJ, JT, Billie, 3 sisters; Nadine, Alene and Maxine and his son, Randy.

Pastor Tim Reeding, will conduct funeral services, at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 28, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar, Missouri.

Burial will follow on Monday, at 11:00 A.M. October 31, 2022, at the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar, Missouri, 216 E. Broadway, Peculiar, Missouri, 64078.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Disease Research and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 666701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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