Lee M Copeland

July 8, 1966 - September 9, 2020
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54, Lee Copeland, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away September 9, 2020. He was born July 8, 1966, to Clement O. Copeland and Naomi Bell in Wichita, Kansas.

Life was not easy growing up back in the ‘60s, but we made it work by the Grace of God and our late grandmother Sadie Verse.

Lee, a softhearted, caring young man, lived his life the way he wanted. He would help others if they needed it. He did not like to see anyone hurting or sick. If you knew him, you would have seen the softer, sensitive side of his feelings. When his mother became ill with cancer, it was a heartbreaking moment for him to see her that way. He enjoyed traveling with the family; when his dad would load everyone up to visit other members of the family in different states.
Every summer, Lee and Diane would travel to Wichita to spend time with their grandmother and their cousins. It was during these times he was at a happy place in his life. He was filled with so much joy during those summer months. He was a very quiet person and kept a lot to himself. Unless spoken to, he did not talk much. He had a close bond with his sister Diane and younger brother Ozell and knew he could count on them if he needed them. He had a much greater bond with his cousin Lisa and felt he could confide his deepest secrets.
He worked numerous places in retail, making friends at any place and at any time, everywhere.

He was an honor student all through grade school and high school. There was never a time he was not on the honor roll. Not having any issues with his grades, he also participated in cross-country and track, winning a few of his races.

As time went on, his health started going downhill. Having a stroke and diabetes started to take its toll, and chronic heart failure took his life

Survived by his sister; Diane (Daren)Gentry, brother; Clement II, (Columbia) Copeland, nieces; Keoni Gentry, Naomi and Kylise Copeland, nephew; Clement III. A host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents; Clement and Naomi Copeland, grandfather;Rev. Zollie Copeland, grandmothers; Mattie Copeland, Sadie Verse, uncles; Christopher Bell Sr., Ronald Copeland, Jerry Bell, Lee Johnson, aunts; Patricia Bell, Annie Rose Johnson, cousin; Christopher Bell Jr., Lester Bell, Jerry Copeland.

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Born: July 8, 1966
Died: September 9, 2020

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Vincent Rizzi posted on 2/14/22

I knew Lee for years. He was a very good soul. I love him and will miss him and pass all of my condolences on to his family.


Susan posted on 12/23/20

I remember Lee from high school. He was a dear friend and so caring. He was always a bright spot.


Carol Lackey posted on 9/27/20

We the Lackey and Chandler family send our deepest condolences for you loss of your brother. May our Lord bless and comfort you during this time.


Sharon Thurman posted on 9/26/20

Love you cousin rest in heaven.


Ana (Garcez) Zieser posted on 9/26/20

Aretha, I am so sorry for the loss of Lee. He is your angel watching over you now. He was such a sweet soul and so much fun to be around back at Andalucia and Alhambra High School. He will be missed. Love, Ana Garcez


Odessa Adams posted on 9/26/20

My nephew I never got the chance to meet yuh ou in person and now I wished I had ..... I love you still Rest in paradise!!!?❤??


Deborah Short posted on 9/25/20

Prayers for the family I have not seen LEE in years . Such a sad loss - Prayers RIP LEE


Diane posted on 9/25/20

My dear brother I’m missing you. You are no longer in pain and you are with mom and dad. Love you much. See you later.