August 28, 1936 ~ April 3, 2019

Born in: Jesup, GA
Resided in: Denver, CO

Johnny Copeland was born on August 28, 1936, in Grangerville, GA to Johnny and Pearl Copeland. He was the fourth child and the only male on both sides of the family, growing up with four sisters. He spent numerous hours with his father; who never called him “Johnny” but affectionately referred to him as “Partner.” He attended grade school in Gardi, GA. and high school in Jesup, GA. His parents later moved to Jacksonville, FL where Johnny volunteered to join the Airforce where he honorably served his country until his honorable discharge in 1958.

In 1964 he moved to Denver, CO. along with his sister Olivia. In 1966, he met and married Bernice Cunningham. He was employed with Gates Rubber Company until 1969 when he along with his wife Bernice purchased Parkhill Liquor Store. The two of them later purchased The Parkhill Shopping Center. He became very well known in the Denver Community, and he never hesitated to help others. He was known for giving many in the community a job at one of his businesses. He started a newspaper called “The Parkhill Advertiser” from 1984-1988, and the great community event “The August Fest” on his large lot of the Parkhill Shopping Center.

Johnny was known for being a sharp dresser. Johnny loved his many pairs of cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and freshly starched western shirts. Who in Denver, CO. did not recognize that green Mercedes Benz? He also loved to take road trips and took as many as possible. Johnny loved going to his class and school reunions. He never missed one and stayed in constant contact with all his old classmates. In his free time, he loved to play cards with friends and going to the movies. He would always go to the movie theater to catch the latest comedy, western or action movie. Johnny was a proud man that did everything “His Way” and will be sorely missed by many.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bernice Copeland, Daughters; Sha (Tyrone) Mason, Swansea, IL, DeVonnne Cunningham, Atlanta, GA, Shanta Kaye Dawson Denver, CO, Tracy Copeland, Denver, CO. Sons; Robert Cunningham, Denver, CO and Anthony Dill, Jesup, GA. Siblings; Mary Lewis, Dallas, TX., Naomi (Troy) Odems, Denver, CO., 7 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great Grandchild, and many Nieces and Nephews. Johnny is proceeded in death by his sisters Oliva McNeil, and Frances Copeland. He is also proceeded in death by his daughter, Laura Nadine Pittman.


Visitation: April 16, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: April 16, 2019 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment: April 16, 2019 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

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  1. To The Copeland Family:
    Our hearts are heavy upon hearing of the passing of Mr. Copeland, we pray that God wraps his loving arms around you all. We were neighbors at Mr. Rikki’s Hair Salon in the shopping center.

    Shantay, Tyianna, Bobby Joe, Jackie, Kenny Carter & Family

  2. My condolences to you all for the loss of your loved one Johnny.
    May these scriptures bring you all a measure of comfort and hope during this time difficult time.

    Revelation 21: 3, 4
    With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away

  3. Prayers to the family of Mr. Johnny Copeland. May God continue to give you the strength now and always as you deal with a loss. God can and he will see you thru.

  4. To the Copeland Family from the Williams Family may you be comforted during this time of loss. We’re praying for you all the strength to endure.

  5. My deepest condolences and prayers for you. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace.

    Roderick Fitzgerald

  6. With sympathy to the family. Johnny and I had some good days and fun in our earlier years.

    Emmitt Evans

  7. My prayers are with the entire family. My heart is truly saddened at this moment. I will cherish the great memories I have of “Uncle Johhny”. He was a role model for us growing up in the community. A businessman, family man, self respecting black man,; he was stern and yet so very kind They don’t make them like that anymore. He will be missed. RIP

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