Russell Teague Copeland, 61, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Monday July 17th, after his short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lisa, sons Andrew and Zachary, twin daughters Morgan and Madison, mother Lorena, and twin brother Ruffin.
Russ was raised in Greensboro, NC, son of Dr. Raymond Teague and Lorena Holden Copeland. He was a graduate of Page High School Greensboro, NC, class of 1974 and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL, class of 1984.
Russ spent his life in the skies working as a Delta pilot for 27 years. He loved to fish. The highlight of his year was always spending time at the beach and casting out a rod. His family enjoyed and will very much miss the jokes when he did not catch anything. He and his family found joy in the simple moments of life together. The memories most cherished will be those going with him to grab a Starbucks, grocery shop, or just taking off the trash. His family will miss the special occasion where he brought out his guitar.
Russ was a man who would travel 30 minutes on the “scenic route” to avoid 5 minutes of traffic. He was known for his dependable and selfless nature making him a beloved husband, father, and friend of many. His intelligence and ingenuity made him a master handyman, whether it was finishing a basement, fixing the plumbing, or building sets for his daughter’s theatre productions. Russ found himself to be the chef of the family, who were always grateful, except when the meat was too tough. Those who knew him, loved his humor and endless need to crack jokes, even to the embarrassment of his children.
His family can only wonder how they will survive without him…
A reception and remembrance will be hosted by his family in Gainesville, GA on Saturday July 22, 2017, 3pm-6pm, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Dr, Gainesville, GA 30501. A second memorial service will be held in Greensboro, NC to be scheduled at a later date. The family requests donations be made in Russell's name to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association. Online condolences can be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com. Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, Georgia 30501. 770-297-6200