John V. Copeland, Jr. was born in Lowndes County, Georgia, Nov. 18, 1911. He was baptized by J.E. Boyd in 1923. He married Inelle Barker, March 22, 1933. J.V. and Inell had two children, John Copeland and Sara Copeland Mason. J.V. began preaching in Dasher, Georgia in 1928. He attended David Lipscomb College, Harding College, & Peabody College. He served congregations at Bethel, Bell, Florida between 1942 and 1946; Then at Ft. Pierce, Florida, 1946-1955, Portsmouth, Va., 1955-1958; Bridgeport, Alabama, 1958-1963; West End, Atlanta, 1963-1978. Forest Park, Georgia, 1978-1990. He held Gospel Meetings in Va., Fla., Ga., Pa., and Tenn. He also had thirteen years experience in radio preaching, and taught school for fourteen years, 1932-46.
J.V. Copeland, Jr. was known and loved by many Christians around the world. I first met J.V. while he preached at West End in Atlanta, but my best knowledge of him, was when I worked under the oversight of the elders at Forest Park while in New Zealand. Shortly after the death of Inell, he traveled to New Zealand and visited with us, and preaching and evangelizing. J.V. and Inell were great assets to the church.
J.V. and Inelle Copeland are buried in the Dasher Cemetery, Dasher, Georgia. Dasher is just south of Valdosta, and is the home of Georgia Christian School and Raintree Village Children's Home. Heading south on I-75 take Exit 11 and go east. Turn right on Carroll Ulmer Rd. Stay on Carroll Ulmer until you get to the railroad tracks. While heading down the road the track should be to your left, and you will see the cemetery on the right. Just past the cemetery to the left is Johnston Rd. Raintree Village is located on Johnston Rd.