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Funeral services for Oneal “Red” Coppedge of Las Cruces, N.M., formerly of Hobbs, N.M., Weatherford and Aledo, were held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs with Dr. Eli Borden officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs.
Mr. Coppedge, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Haciendas Grace Village in Las Cruces. He was born April 21, 1918 in Rotan. He married Wilma Onez Whitlock Feb. 7, 1941 in Brownwood. They had been married 65 years when she died in 2006.
“Red” grew up in Rotan and Yuma, Ariz. He was a pioneer in the Hobbs oilfields, moving to Hobbs in 1936, working on the drilling rigs, and selling and servicing pumps, eventually owning his own company, Service Pump and Supply in Lovington, N.M. He was a member of the Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs.
Survivors include a son, Robert “Bob” Coppedge and wife, Marie, of Las Cruces; daughters, Darlene Kszyminski and husband, Frank, of Hudson Oaks and Vanita Swift and husband, Chuck, of San Marcos; sisters, Gladys Williamson of Hobbs and Lovene Moore of Eunice, N.M.; brothers, Harold Coppedge and wife, Amy of Grapeland, Joe Coppedge and wife, Flo, of Springerville, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.