Funeral services for “Pops” Thomas Jerry Coppic, age 69, of May will be held at 10 a.m. Monday June 29, 2009, at the Heartland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Terry Simmons officiating. His body will be cremated after the service. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Heartland Funeral Home in Early is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Coppic passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Thomas Jerry Coppic was born on Sept. 12, 1939, in Brownwood, to Thomas V. and Lorene Thornhill Coppic. He was married to Shirley Ann Musick on Dec. 10, 1989. He was retired from 3-M Company Brownwood after 31 years of service. Jerry loved the Brownwood Lions and was a great supporter of youth sports. He coached many young boys in the sport of baseball and took some as far as the state tournament in baseball. He also coached women’s softball for many years. “Pops” followed his grandsons in all their sports which also included teaching them how to bat, throw, tackle, “wrap-up”, fish and shoot guns. He taught his grandsons how to properly fish and cuss. Jerry was a connoisseur of the BBQ world! He could always be found hanging around his BBQ pit cooking, and drinking beer, chewing Red Man and telling stories. He was a blue ribbon winner in the BBQ world. Jerry also could be found volunteering his cooking skills for the May Volunteer Fire Fire Department, the May School, the May rodeo and many other organizations. He often cooked and took food to those less fortunate.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his children: daughter, Lynn Gillispie and husband Mike of Nederland; daughter, Carrie Ballard and husband Rudy of Brownwood; son, Thomas Jerry Coppic Jr. “Buddy” and wife Penny of Lumberton; daughter, Julie Kay Trinque and husband Kevin of Spanaway, Wash.; son, Will Mack Coppic of Brownwood; daughter, Leigh Jernigan “Gator” and husband Chris of Norton; daughter, Mikka Michelle Gregory of Rising Star; son-in-law, Raymond Lee Gregory of Rising Star; son, Mickey David Harris of College Station; sister, Barbara Ann Cleary “Anner” of Brownwood; niece, Melissa Bond and husband Ralph and children of Brownwood; grandchildren, Jacklyn Trinque, Aaron and Carrie Gillispie, Megan and Nicolas Coppic, Megan and Courtney Philpott, Rylee and Rowdee Gregory, Mackinley Coppic and Danica Jernigan. He is also survived by a host of friends and family and his constant companion, his dog Maggie! He was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Leslie Sheehan; nephew, Glen Cleary; and brother-in- law, Carl Cleary. “Wind-er-up Jerry.”
Friends and family are invited to sign the on line guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.