Clyde William Copeland, Jr.

June 4, 2014

Copeland, Jr., Clyde Obituary

Clyde William Copeland Jr., 72 born October 12, 1942 to the late Josephine Howard and Clyde Copeland Sr. Affectionately known as "Junior", Clyde demonstrated his leadership ability early in life. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Clyde attended DC Public Schools. Young Clyde "Junior" loved music and dancing. Too many times when he should have been at school, he was often seen on the afternoon dance shows. One time he was caught on TV during the latest dance craze called "The Fly". His love for music never wavered; his album collection of oldies is legendary.

Clyde became a father early in life and took that role very seriously. Instead of pursuing advanced education, he went on to take on a full time job to support his young family. However, his love for knowledge never disappeared. An avid reader and a brilliant strategist, he would later move outside of the DC area to pursue his dreams. His quest took him to New York where he demonstrated his savvy entrepreneurship endeavors in many ways. Clyde learned from his New York experiences and he returned home to DC to start a new business, "Esquire Building Services". He would employ many of his family members in this business and was successful in obtaining contracts with government agencies and prestigious businesses.

Clyde enjoyed nothing more than listening to his records, being a father to his children, and helping his friends and family whenever needed. One of Clyde's other passions was reading. His love for books was phenomenal. One of his greatest concerns when he took ill was that he would not be able to continue to read his precious books. As a strategist, Clyde would provide many theories about government relations, human conditions, health and "conspiracies". His theories more often than not had a serious thread of truth in them. So he leaves us to wonder if he has found out the truth related to his theories. Like all of us, Clyde was destined for greatness. He chose to bestow a large amount of his genius on raising his children. His impact to most people is felt nonetheless. There's no way you could have been in his presence and not have been affected by his humor, his smile, and his love for music and life. Clyde will be greatly missed and remembered. He is now hanging out listening to music with his homey "Howard".

The epitome of a man, Clyde is preceded in death by his daughter Krystina Copeland, survived by his children: Michelle Copeland, Amir Ali, Monique Jackson, Wakela Jackson, Makeba Jackson, Atia Pizarro, Darien Rawls, Tashi Rawls, Rasheed Copeland and Naji Copeland; grandchildren: Patrick Wingfield, Dewight Wingfield, Omar & Jordan McCollough, Eniyah Brown, Malachi, Jacob and Morgan Hughes, Jasmine Wooten, Naji Copeland Jr. And Katelyn Copeland. Brothers, Michael Howard, Jonathan Howard(Gloria), Gregory Irving, Keith Howard (Sherly), Jeffrey Howard, Raymond Howard, and Leon Davis. Sisters, Sylvia Matthews, Alice Howard, Sharon Sprinkle(Vernard), Sharlene Reed, Areela Johnson, Deborah Gibson, Diane Howard. Preceded in death by Sylvester Howard Jr., Delores Howard, and Arlene Hayes(Marvin). Parents of his children and friends Barbara Neville and Michelle Tolbert.

Clyde transitioned into his eternal resting place Wednesday June 4th, 2014 at the age of 72.




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June 11, 2014
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New United Baptist Church

2233 Hunter Place S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
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June 11, 2014
11 a.m.

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New United Baptist Church

2233 Hunter Place S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
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Heritage Cemetery

Waldorf, MD
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