Obituary for David G. Copenhaver “Sammy”

David Gladstone Copenhaver, of Boyce, Virginia, passed away on June 9, 2011, at Winchester Medical Center, after a long illness. The oldest son of Clive John and Mary Barritt Copenhaver was born on April 7, 1944 in Winchester, Virginia.

He was an Eagle Scout, State Farmer Degree in F.F.A., served his military obligation in the Virginia National Guard and was discharged as a SSGT E-6, and a Semper Virginia Society member at the Library of Virginia. He was the last owner and operator of the small family business his father started, Copenhaver Excavation and Landscaping. Over the years the business had the pleasure of helping to prepare the Rose Garden at the White House in 1961, when it was redesigned and working several years on President John F. Kennedy grave site at Arlington National Cemetery under the guidance of Mrs. Rachel “Bunnie” Mellon. They also worked on Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, and installed the Cemetery there. Most of the finest thoroughbred farms in Upperville and Middleburg area have seen their service. He was an avid genealogist and had transcribed and published several civil war diaries.

He married Patricia Kelly Bell, August 30, 1964 in Berryville, Virginia. Surviving with his wife is his one daughter, Teresa Lynn Copenhaver, of Boyce, and two grandsons. Sisters Kate Bauserman of Winchester, Virginia, Rachel Copenhaver of Berryville, Virginia Mary Ellen Catlett of Boyce, Virginia and Gail Ashby of Winchester, Virginia; One brother, Bobby Ashby of Berryville, Virginia. A brother, John Clive Copenhaver, Jr., preceded him in death.

Family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville. A funeral service will be conducted at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home on Monday June 13, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Billy Boyd, Sammy Buckey, Steve Hummer, Allen Dinges, Tommy Duke and John Duke. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tommy Ritenour, Archie Ritenour and Allen Larrick. Memorial Contributions may be made to Boyce Fire Company Rescue Squad, 1 S Greenway Avenue, Boyce, Virginia or Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives at Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia.

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