Harry Gaylan Cope

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Harry Gaylan Cope, 73, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at his home in Booneville, Ark., with his family by his side.

Gaylan was born April 21, 1938, in Granby, Mo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Virginia Cope.

Gaylan is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two daughters, Debbie Williams of Blue Springs, Mo., and Lisa Middlebrooks and husband Tom of Springfield, Mo.; two stepsons, David Sims of North Little Rock, Ark., and Christopher Sims and wife Tara of Springdale, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Andrea Ray, Cris Williams, Jessica Williams, Faith Middlebrooks, Taylor Middlebrooks, Tucker Sims and Brylie Sims; four brothers, Greg Cope and wife Connie of Omaha, Neb., Dan Cope and wife Mary of Sedalia, Mo., Reggie Cope and wife Ellen of Sedalia, Mo., and Jack Cope and wife Julia of Springfield, Mo., and mother-in-law, Blanch Coker of Springdale, Ark.

Gaylan graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School in Boonville, Mo., with an academic and football scholarship in 1957. He attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg , Mo., where he played football. He received a B.A. in Political Science and History at the University of Missouri and then attended Law School at the University of Missouri. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Theology Degree from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., in 1980. Gaylan also served in the Army National Guard and ROTC.

Gaylan was a United Methodist pastor for 35 years. He served the Georgetown United Methodist Church, Sedalia, Mo.; El Dorado UMC, Sedalia, Mo.; La Monte UMC, La Monte, Mo.; Lincoln UMC, Lincoln, Ark.; Marrow UMC, Marrow, Ark.; Wesley UMC, Springdale, Ark.; Mt. Hebron UMC, Cave Springs, Ark.; Grace UMC, Searcy, Ark.; First UMC, Rector, Ark.; Macedonia UMC, Macedonia, Ark.; First UMC, Mena, Ark.; retired and then served Washburn UMC, Washburn, Ark., where he was still the active pastor.

Gaylan served on the Board of Ordained Ministries, United Methodist Camp Ministries for Children and was a mentor for many newly ordained pastors.

He loved playing golf and pinochle, watching sports, coaching Little League, reading, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Tom Middlebrooks, Taylor Middlebrooks, David Sims, Christopher Sims, Andrew Cope, Fred Bentley, Bernie Nelson and John Ferguson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cris Williams, Robert Wiseman, Steve Wiseman, Richard Myers, William Coker, Paul Coker and Dan Coker.

Visitation will be at Roberts Funeral Home in Booneville, Ark., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Funeral will be at the First United Methodist Church, Booneville, Ark., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Interment will be at the Ferguson Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home.