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BETHUNE – Donald O. Copeland, 77, of Bethune, passed away, Monday, August 27, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Kellytown, on December 31, 1940 to the late W.E. and Matilda Copeland. He served in the United States Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS America. Mr. Copeland retired from E.I. DuPont in Camden in 1998.

He is survived by his brother, William (Barbara) Copeland of Conway; one sister, Marcia Mincey of Lexington and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a special friend, Gwen Gainey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Hayes, Gary and David Copeland and one sister, Jeanette Brannon.

Graveside services will be held at 3p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethune. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Post Office Box 42, Bethune, SC 29009 or the charity of one’s choice.

Baker Funeral Home is serving the Copeland family (