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January 9---Shirley Jean Gassett Copeland, 72, of Lyons, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah after a sudden illness.  She was born September 2, 1941 in Waycross to the late Clarice Sharpe Gassett and Edward "Mutt" Gassett and was a 1959 graduate of Waycross High School. She married Thomas Martin "Bigun" Copeland on June 10, 1960 in Waycross and has lived in Toombs County since 1969.  She enjoyed working in her yard, loved flowers, fishing and camping, and her great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Dewey Byrd, and her brother Edward Gassett, Jr.  

She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Thomas Copeland of Lyons; two sons, Darrell Copeland and wife Monette and Dennis "Charlie" Copeland of Lyons; one granddaughter, Ashley Mock and husband Ronnie of Mt. Vernon; two great-grandchildren, Aryana and Zayne of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, June Wilson and husband Frankie of Tifton and Dorothy Brensinger and husband Larry of Holly Hill, Florida; one brother, Herbie Gassett and wife Phyllis of Winter Haven, Florida and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home.  

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.    

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia is in charge of arrangements.