From a contemporary press repost:
James M. Copeland III, 74, a veteran Federal Aviation Administration officer who retired in 1980 as a senior policy analyst, died of cancer October 23, 1999 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Copeland, who lived in North Springfield, was born in Brentwood. He graduated from Laurel High School and attended Westminster College and the University of Maryland.
He served in the Navy during World War II as a carrier-based pilot. From1950 until 1973, he was a pilot in the Naval Air Reserve, retiring as commander of a flight squadron.
In his civilian career, he joined what was then the Civil Aeronautics Administration after the war. He was an air traffic controller there and with its successor agency, the FAA.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Regina L. Copeland of North Springfield; five children, Suzanne Austin of Richmond, Michael J. Copeland of Cincinnati, Andrew E. Copeland and Janet E. Copeland, both of Greenfield, Mass., and Julie C. Ayers of Warrenton; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
COPELAND, JAMES M., III, CDR, USN (Ret.)
On Saturday, October 23, 1999. Loving husband of Regina L. Copeland; father of Suzanne Austin of Richmond, VA, Michael J. Copeland, Cincinnati, OH, Andrew E. Copeland, Greenfield, MA, Janet E. Copeland, Greenfield, MA and Julie C. Ayers, Warrenton, VA. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042.
COPELAND, JAMES MONROE III
CDR US NAVY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/12/1943 – 12/21/1945
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/28/1924
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/23/1999
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/02/1999
- BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 4983-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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