Justin F. “Jack” Copp Jr., age 90, of Johnson City, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013, at his residence.
He was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia, but grew up in Washington College. He graduated from Science Hill High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion and saw active duty in the Pacific, primarily on Tinian, Saipan, Okinawa, and was among the first US troops to participate in the occupation of Japan at Nagasaki.
After leaving active duty, he began a career at Hamilton Bank, which continued until his retirement 46 years later. He was a member of Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, having in the past served as Treasurer for 50 continuous years.
Jack was an avid UT fan and attended home, away and bowl games with his family.
He was blessed with many loyal friends and a loving family. He will be remembered as a kind, humble man who very graciously shared his love, never complained and never lost his remarkable sense of humor.
Mr. Copp was preceded in death by his parents, Justin F. Sr.; and Geraldine C. Copp; a brother, William “Bill” Copp; sister, Jean Knox. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Anne Broyles Copp, in 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne Copp, Johnson City, Justin F. “Rocky” III and Elaine Copp, of Terre Haute, IN; grandchildren, Mary Michael and Mark Conkin, of Knoxville, Martha Wayne and Brian Fleming, Marietta, GA, Emily Anne and Matt Jennings, Johnson City, Justin F. “JF” IV and Hannah Copp, of Terre Haute, IN; great grandchildren, Harper and Townes Jennings and Bailey and Blair Conkin.
Jack’s family especially appreciate the love shown to him by his friend “Miss Ellie” Chestnut and the care, compassion, and companionship provided by Mary Haren.
The funeral service for Mr. Copp will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday, December 13, 2013, in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. George Rolling officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday from 11:00 until 1:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
The graveside service and interment will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery, Limestone, TN.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Copp family. (423) 928-6111