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In Memoriam, Edgar Clark Copeland

31. January 2013

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Edgar Clark Copeland was born Aug. 10, 1915, on a farm near Idana, Clay County, Kansas, to Bernard Clark and Margaret Elizabeth (Ewing) Copeland. He died Sept. 25, 2012, having just begun the 98th year of his earthly pilgrimage. The second of six children, he was the eldest son. He joined the Hebron RP Church in 1923 at the age of 8. Clark graduated from Clay County Community High School in 1932. Afterwards, he taught in a one-room country school near Clay Center for 2 years. In the summer of 1934, he attended Colorado State Teachers’ College in Greely and from 1935-1938 attended Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., graduating with a B.A. degree.

From a young age, Clark believed that God was calling him to be a minister of the gospel. In the summer of 1938, at the RP National Conference at Grinnell, Iowa, he and his future wife, Ethyl, publicly committed to serve as missionaries on the island of Cyprus.

From 1938-1941, he served as a missionary teacher at the American Academy in Larnaca, Cyprus. Returning to the States, he attended the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS), receiving a diploma in 1944, and pursued graduate study in education at the University of Pittsburgh. On May 26, 1942, Clark married Ethyl Margaret Dunn at Clay Center, Kan. Their first ministry together was nine months with the Eastvale RP Church in Beaver Falls, Pa. While in Eastvale, their first daughter, Kathryn, was born.

In March 1945, they left Eastvale to go ...

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