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Anderson G. Copeland
Submitted by: Laurel Baty

Annual Conference Minutes of The Methodist Episcopal Church South 1894 pg 103-104

Anderson G. Copeland was born in White county, Tenn., October 8, 1826, and died at his home near Pratt City, Ala., November 20, 1894. He was converted when he was about eight years of age, and, in his own language, he had a conscious experience of the grace of God in his heart. He was licensed to preach when quite a youth, and was admitted on trial in the Tennessee Conference October, 1848; was ordained deacon by Bishops Capers October 27, 1850; and ordained elder by Bishop Andrew October 17, 1852. In the year 1855 he located and practiced physic for sixteen years, but did not lose sight of his holy calling, for he was a faithful and zealous local preacher. At Florence, Ala., in the year 1871, he joined the North Alabama Conference and served the various charges to which he was assigned with great acceptability. About three years ago he was forced, by declining health, to take a superannuated relation. Dr. Copeland was a good man, decided in his convictions, firm in his decisions, prudent in conversation, and upright in deportment. With him religion was a divine principle enthroned in his heart, regulating his desires and disposition, and controlling his conduct. He was a true friend. He always has words of comfort and cheer for those in trouble or distress. His heart was full of sympathy and kindness. He was a good preacher, sound in doctrine, strong and convincing in logic, and full of earnestness and pathos. He was a successful preacher, and through his instrumentality many souls have been brought from darkness to light. He was a faithful pastor, visiting from house to house, doing his Master’s work. He was diligent in instructing the children, and was much beloved by them. He was a devoted husband and father. In all the relations of life he was faithful. In death he was victorious. He lived in happy anticipation of a blissful immortality. He talked and sang and preached much about heaven.


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