Mrs. Daphne Wilkerson Copley

01/19/1920 - 02/10/2020


Mrs. Daphne W. Copley, age 100, of South Hill, VA passed on Monday. February 10, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Ula Edward Wilkerson and Lucy Clayton Wilkerson. She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis , her brothers Edwin andJimmy and son-in-law Deane Estes.
She is survived by her daughter Betty C. Estes, her granddaughter Moria West (Derek), three great grandsons Colton and Cooper all of Hayes, Va. and Caleb Emerson of Kill Devil Hills, NC.. She is survived by two “bonus” daughters, Lou M. Lucas of St. Louis. MO, and Mary Smithson of
La Crosse, Va.
Daphne devoted her life to her family, her church, Trinity United Methodist , where she was member for 75 years, to children as a public school teacher for 44 years. After retirement she was an Adjunct Teacher for 7 years for Southside VA Community College in Alberta, VA.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home in South Hill, VA. with visitation to follow the service. Interment will be private.
In honor of her love for children and their well-being, Daphne has requested that in liew of flowers any memorials be sent to Patrick Henry Family Services, Inc., 1621 Enterprise Dr., Lynchburg, Va. 24502-5797
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  1. I can’t imagine the impact she had on countless children’s lives!! Extraordinary teacher who knew how to bring a story to life!! I was blessed to be a student under her, every child should be blessed with a Mrs Copley!!

  2. Daphne Copley

    I first met Daphne in 1987 when she was teaching at Southside Virginia Community College. Daphne was a strong intelligent woman and an extraordinary teacher. Daphne loved her family and her church and her friends. Daphne also was an avid reader and Jeopardy and sports fan. I will forever cherish my times with Daphne and our talks and her wisdom and friendship.
    My heartfelt sympathy for Betty and Moria and Colton and Cooper and Caleb-Daphne was so very proud of you and loved you with all of her heart.

    I will miss you ,Daphne, and realize how fortunate I was to know and to love you.

  3. The Good Lord needed someone to help Saint Peter manage the crowds at the Pearly Gates! Mrs Copley will be in charge of Heaven’s Safety Patrol! Couldn’t think of a finer woman to handle the job!



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