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“We want to send our condolences to the Copeland and Simpkins Family. Ms. Joyce is a true angel, heaven is blessed with her presence and it is a honor...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Margie and Brittany Simmons - SC

“"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths"....Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Miriam White - PHILADELPHIA, PA

“"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths"....Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Miriam White - Philafdlephia, PA

“My dear Aunt Joyce, you are loved and will be missed dearly. I know you and my dad were close and now you are laughing together up there in heaven. I...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: April Wheeler Gee - Hartsville, SC

“I am so sorry to hear about Joyce. She was a wonderful customer and friend. It was always a blessing to talk to Joyce. She will be missed by many...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Miriam Young - SCE&G - Hartsville, SC

“I met Ms. Joyce upon attending Coker as a student. She always greeted me with a smile and was always looking out for me as well as others. After...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: India Elliott - Clinton, SC

“May God be with you for this time of sorrow i love you spoonyEllaMae ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: ellamae cabbagestalk - hickory

“It really still feels as if this is not reality that you are gone Auntie, but we know God makes no mistakes. You were such a strong person and didn't...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sam Family - Hartsville, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. And our prayers are for you to gain strength from God above. His Love never fails. In times like these he...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ellastean toney - SC


"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 2:6-8 Joyce Copeland Simpkins went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 6, 2012. She was born September 1, 1949 in Hartsville, South Carolina a daughter of the late Eldon and Annie Mae Davis Copeland, Sr. She attended the public schools of Darlington County, South Carolina. Joyce was a hard-working and dedicated woman. She worked at Mafco for several years and at Fifth Street Cleaners. She was self employed for many years at the Hough Hotel, where she touched the lives of many in the community. She also worked at Coker College for 20 years before retiring. Joyce loved spending time with her family, planting flowers, and working in her yard. She also loved the Lord. It was this love that led her to join Jerusalem Baptist Church. She enjoyed her pastor and fellowshipping with her church family. She lived a happy and blessed life. Those who knew and loved her will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and three brothers, Wesley Davis, Randy Wheeler, and Larry Copeland. Surviving to cherish the memory and maintain the legacy of Joyce Copeland Simpkins is her loving son, William (Cathie) Copeland of Philadelphia, PA; her loving daughter, Evelyn Ratliff of Hartsville, SC; eight sisters, Alice Copeland, Rosa Lee Copeland, Harriet (Tim) Bull, Barbara (Baxter) Curry, and Robin Robinson all of Hartsville, SC, Diane (Franklin) Freeman and Donnie (James) Griffin both of Brooklyn, NY; and Cathy (Reginald) Johnson of Washington, DC; nine brothers, Eldon Copeland, Jr., Henry Copeland, and Tony Wheeler all of Hartsville, SC, Lee Edward (Mary Ann) James of Lanham, MD, Melvin Copeland and Billy Copeland both of Washington, DC, Maxie (Flora) Wheeler, Timmy Wheeler, and Eddie Wheeler all of Flint, MI; six grandchildren, Porche Copeland, Trevor Brisbon, Jacobia Arnold, Eldred White, Jr., Ricky (Elloree) Johnson, and Shemekia Ratliff; five great grandchildren, Andrea Jackson, Eldred White III, Kayla Ratliff, Mariah Ratliff, and Kimberly Johnson; three aunts, Francis Jackson of Bridgeport, CT, Alta Mae Bruce and Millie Edward both of Hartsville, SC; two uncles, Ernest Gibson of Hartsville, SC and Freddie Jackson of Bridgeport, CT; a special cousin, Berniestein Carter; special friends, Ruth Segars, Rosa Lee Beasley, and Pat Blackmon; two special families, the Cooper Family and the Brisbon Family, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and very dear friends.

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