Dr. Nathaniel H. Copeland, an accomplished physician and avid golfer, died on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. He was 95.
He was born on June 21, 1921 to the late Eva Wynne Copeland and Lorenzo Copeland in Newport News, Va. Copeland was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from West Philadelphia High School.
He received his bachelor’s degree from The Lincoln University, his medical degree from Howard University and a master’s in gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Copeland enlisted in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945. He received a Good Conduct Medal on Oct. 19, 1944. After being honorably discharged from military service, he married the late Inez Lewis and three children were born to their union.
Later in his life, he married Yvonne Carson and created memories as they spent time dining out, going to the movies and taking golf trips and attending formal dances on special holidays.
Affectionately known as ”Cope,” he could often be found on the golf course with his golf buddies in Philadelphia, New Jersey and at golf courses all over the continent. His many golf contributions include serving as president for two terms of the Greater Philadelphia Golf & Country Club and the Freeway Golf Course in Sicklerville, N.J., the first Black owned golf course on the East Coast. He is a past president of Delaware Valley Pro Duffers and a co-founder of the Del Val Golf Club.
Copeland spent many summers vacationing in Oaks Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard with other families.
He spent many of his earlier years traveling and running his import export business and would make trips throughout the year to Africa for exotic and original and unique artifacts.
Copeland was an avid track and field enthusiast and attended many summer Olympics and track and field competitions on the East Coast. He was also avid jazz enthusiast and traveled to the Newport Jazz Festival on a regular basis. During his spare time, he enjoyed playing poker until the wee hours of the night.
Copeland was a member of many medical organizations including the American College of Physicians, American Geriatric Society, American Medical Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Physicians, Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, American Medical Directors Association and Pennsylvania Medical Directors Association and the American College of Health Care Administrators. He was also a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.
Copeland held various positions as a physician. He was the clinical director of Health District #5 and was in charge of three other area health centers. He served as the medical director at three nursing homes including Mercy Douglas, Tucker House and Stephen Smith. Copeland was also on staff of the Hahnemann Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital, Temple University Hospital and Mercy Douglas Hospital. He was also on the faculties of Drexel University School of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine.
He was a past member of the board of directors of the Family Service of Philadelphia and a medical consultant to the Head Start Program.
Copeland was a member of various organizations including the Pride of Ethopia No. 104, DeMolay Consistory No. 1, Pyramid Temple No. 1, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., National Negro Golf Association, Philadelphia Guardsmen and the Philadelphia Commissioners.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Alyce B. Copeland and son, Nathaniel C. Copeland.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: daughters, Paulette Copeland Bolton and Amber; son, Nathan L. Copeland (Arlene); grandchildren, Dr. Gregory C. Bolton Jr., Carole Ramsey Young (Ellis), Safara Copeland Martinez (Eric), Quturwah Copeland Delima, Saiyd Copeland (Angela), Dr. Zayn Copeland; Leah Copeland Horton (Bill) and Kristen Copeland Jason (Ryon); 16-great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Maddox; brother-in-law, Charles L. Lewis; mother-in-law, Lena Brown; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Warrington and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Nov. 3 at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 428 N. 41st St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in West Mt. Laurel Cemetery.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.