Orvin Reese Coppage, Jr. ’64

Orvin Reese Coppage, Jr. ’64 of Tampa, Fla., died September 21 after suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for several years. He was born January 14, 1942, in Columbus, Ga., son of the late O.R. (Buster) Coppage and Mary White Coppage. He graduated from Columbus High School, Davidson College, and earned a graduate degree from Georgia State College. From 1966 to 1990, he was chief executive officer of several periodical wholesale distribution agencies and was active in several related trade associations. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Tampa. In the last several years, he became involved with various Community Foundation of Tampa Bay committees and philanthropic endeavors. He is survived by his wife, Martha Ann McConnell Coppage, 1112 Culbreath Isles Dr., Tampa, Fla. 33629; son, Christopher R. Coppage (Evelyn); daughter, Catherine Bingham (David); two grandsons, Caleb Stricklen and Carter Bingham; his brother, James T. Coppage (Janet); and his sister, Lynn Land (A.J.).