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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 will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, at New Union The Baptist Church. Elder Darrell Cantrell will officiate. Interment will follow at New Union Cemetery in DeKalb County. The Cope family will receive friends Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. On Tuesday, family and friends are asked to meet at New Union The Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. There is no visitation Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 8, 2018