Dr. Roger D. Copenhaver Jr.
Dr. Roger D. Copenhaver Jr., 73, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.
Roger was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Washington, D.C., and had resided in Murphy, and Fort Myers, Fla. He grew up in Marion, Va., where he attended Marion High School, participating in sports and band.
He attended Virginia Tech when he was accepted to the Medical College of Virginia after three years of undergraduate studies. Roger graduated from MCV in 1968 and did his internship at Tampa General Hospital.
He began working in the emergency room at Tampa General and his working career remained in emergency medicine. He formed Copenhaver, Bell and Associates and managed as many as 20 hospital emergency rooms in Florida.
He began the first training program for EMTs in Pinellas County, Fla. Roger helped establish a free medical clinic and went on many mission trips serving and giving to others.
An avid traveler, golfer and fisherman, Roger’s real and abiding passions were his family and friends. Roger was kind, generous, caring, compassionate, but most of all the loving and devoted husband to Vi. Roger loved life and will be greatly missed by so many.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Vi Copenhaver; two children, Chris Copenhaver and Brett Copenhaver; two stepchildren, Jamie Holmes and Bruce Scheller; six grandchildren Dylan, Adalynn, Kaley, Tyler, Cody and Blake; brother, Curtis Copenhaver and wife Nena; sister, C.J. Copenhaver and Deb; along with nieces, nephews and other family members and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roger D. Copenhaver Sr.; his mother, Betty Copenhaver; and his stepson, Michael Ciotti.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Seven Lakes Atrium in Fort Meyers, Fla., at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Shepherd of the Mountains in Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Mountains, 68 Fairfax Drive, Murphy, NC 28906.