Kenneth H. Copeland, 77, of Virginia Beach, VA passed away unexpectedly (and peacefully) on Sunday, June 5, 2022 surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Kenny is survived by his children Kevin Copeland (Angela), Courtney Copeland, and Kelly Copeland (Brett); as well as grandchildren Jacob Moore-Copeland, Didi (née Emily) Copeland, Christian Copeland, and Aayla Watz. He also leaves behind his brother, Stephen Copeland (Nancy), sister, Carole Grove (Jim), and many nieces and nephews whom he cherished.
Kenny married the late Cheryl Durham in 1968, with whom he shared his children; he was engaged to Dionne Mailhes at the time of his passing.
Kenny served stateside in the U.S. Army Reserves during Vietnam as a cook and a cartoonist. After his service, Kenny joined Bill Deal and the Rhondels as an original member and horn (saxophone and trombone) player. After several years with the band, he and Cheryl opened The Dollhouse, a small café at the Oceanfront, and then he worked as a civil engineer with the City of Virginia Beach. He later turned his part-time craft of signmaking into a full time business with the establishment of Copeland Signs — one of several businesses he operated for years — which served local businesses and governments for over half a century.
Kenny was a friend to all and a true servant of the Lord. He frequently gave of his heart, his wallet, his labor, and sometimes even his home to assist those in need to improve lives in any way he could.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at
Rehoboth Baptist Church
182 S. Birdneck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
With a reception to follow at
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad 14’s
740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach VA 23451
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad 14, or the lifesaving organization of your choice.