The Newnan Times-Herald


Melba Copley

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 10, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Melba Jean Thornton Copley, 79, of Newnan, widow of Jerome Vincent Copley, died Friday, February 9, 2018 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Born in Becker, Ms, on December 10, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Ruey Dee Fowlkes Thornton.  She retired from Southern Regional Medical Center after 23 years of service where she served as Staffing Coordinator. She was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Coweta, the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary and SummerGrove Community of Newnan. She loved traveling with her closest friend, Linda Yandle, and never met a stranger. She made friends through all her travels and through volunteering.

Mrs. Copley was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church, where she was very active and volunteered wherever she was needed.

Survivors include three daughters, Rita Jean Copley of Newnan, Vicki Stephens (Michael) of Fayetteville and Tracey Copley Fraser (Revell) of Atlanta; two sons, Stephen Copley (Roanne) of Windham, N.H. and David Copley of Methuen, Mass.; five grandchildren, Vincent Rogers (Lauren Claire), Landis Marie Fraser, Kaelee Howanski (Joseph), Christine Copley and Andrew Copley; six great-grandchildren; sister, Ouida Jo Thornton of Delray Beach, Fla.; niece, Emily Rehak (Michael); nephew, Joseph Thornton Stacker and best pup and loving companion Sam.

Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1250 Lora Smith Rd, with Rev. Dr. Gary Christensen officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday immediately following the service in the church social hall.

Those desiring may make memorials to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1250 Lora Smith Road, Newnan, GA 30265.

For online condolences please visit

McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory (770) 253-4580.