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Sept. 23, 1923—Feb. 6, 2015 Lillian Janet Copeland, 91, of Nashville, passed away Feb. 6, 2015, at her home. She was born Sept. 23, 1923, in New Castle, IN, to O.W. Austin and Tressie Upchurch Austin. She is survived by her sons, James Copeland of Smithville and Joseph Copeland of Celina; daughters, Sue Wilson of Sullivan, IN, Johanna Jirikovec of Nashville, Elaine Gillis of Old Hickory and Lynn Redmond of Hermitage; brothers, David Austin of Monterey and  Robert Austin of Pleasant Hill; and sisters, Mary Woost of Clearwater, FL, and Linda Bogard of Cookeville. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, W.O. Austin; mother, Tressie Upchurch Austin; son, Jack A. Copeland; brother, Earl Austin; and sisters, Mae Seals, Geneva Griffin, Bertha Austin and Leeta McIntosh. Funeral services will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home today, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will follow in New Pleasant Hill cemetery. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  February 9, 2015
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