Ragina Melton Copeland


Ragina Melton Copeland of Powhatan, Virginia, formerly of Washington, West Virginia, died in Bon Air, Virginia on June 3, 2022. Ragina was born October 17, 1942, in Buckhannon, West Virginia, the daughter of Mont Clarence Melton and Ruth Cutright Melton.

Ragina is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert Lee Copeland; daughter, Kelli Thompson (Brian); and granddaughter, Sophie Thompson, all of Powhatan. Also surviving is her sister, Barbara Teets Welcher, of Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Lynn Cartwright (Greg), of Grafton, W. Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Carl David Melton; and sister Carole Klosterboer.

A graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Fairmont State College and West Virginia University, she earned her Master’s and a Doctorate of Education. Dr. Copeland retired from West Virginia University Parkersburg as Professor Emeritus with 40 years of service.

Per her request, arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation Society of Virginia. A memorial service will be held at a later date with Pastor Lynn Cartwright officiating.

Donations may be made to The Ruth Melton Memorial Scholarship Fund at West Virginia University Parkersburg by making checks payable to the WVU Parkersburg Foundation with “Ruth Melton Scholarship” in the memo line and mailing to WVU Parkersburg Foundation, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, W. Va., 26104.

The family would like to thank Sunrise Senior Living at Bon Air for Ragina’s care over the last month.

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