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James Arthur Cope, 86
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Mr. James Arthur Cope, 86, of McMinnville died Thursday, July 5, at Raintree Manor Nursing Center in McMinnville.

He was born June 2, 1932, in Smithville, was a retired truck driver with McMinnville Block & Concrete Company, attended New Union The Baptist Church, and was a devout Christian. Mr. Cope was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Dillard and Retha Ann Jones Cope, his first wife Melba Geraldean Romans Cope, second wife Molly Ann Copenhaven Cope, and sister Wilmoth Ellen Cope.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Merill and Jennifer Cope, grandson Samuel Cope, brother Clarence (Irene) Cope, niece Judy (Bob) Ebert, and nephew George (Cheryl) Cope. Other family members and friends also survive.

Funeral service was Tuesday, July 10, at New Union The Baptist Church. Elder Darrell Cantrell officiated. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery in DeKalb County. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, 473-6606.

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 11, 2018