James Arnold Coppedge

James Arnold Coppedge of Commerce, Okla. passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Claremore Veterans Center in Claremore, Okla.  He was 88. 

James was born May 28, 1926 in Salem, Mo. to Elijah and Julia (Redwine) Coppedge. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII, worked at B. F. Goodrich for 38 years before he retired. He was a very active member of the Cardin Baptist Church, where he also enjoyed singing in the choir. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, siblings and his wife Martha Coppedge. 

Survivors include his sons Darrell Coppedge, Dean Coppedge, Bob Crawford and John Crawford, daughters Glynda Teal, Lynda Gagnon, Kathy McCoy and Marsha Kelley, 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. 

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Cardin Baptist Church east of Miami, Okla. Rev. Brent McCoy will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Vinita, Okla. Pallbearers will be Mike McCoy, Jeff McCoy, John Crawford, Bobby Crawford, Matt Karnes, Bernie Coeber and David Baker. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Shayla Crawford, Bill Crawford, Fred VonMoss, Bill Parkison, Julius Kline and Rochelle Crawford. Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, Okla.  Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.