Gary Dewayne Copeland, 44, of Beaumont, formerly of Orange, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11.

He was a native of Orange; born on March 27, 1967 to parents Mary Jeannette (Ratcliff) and Ted Lavoy Copeland. He had worked with IBEW Local #479. He was on his last leg of receiving an Electrical Engineering Degree from Lamar University and was a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He enjoyed going camping, fishing, hunting, going to rodeos and his great passion in life was cooking. Gary was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Copeland of Orange; sister, Terri Lewis and husband, Jeff of Orange; brother, Larry Copeland of Clearfield, UT; nieces and nephews, Lindsey Lewis, Courteney Lewis, Layne Lewis, Bo Copeland and Megan Copeland. Also left to cherish his memory are numerous aunts and uncles.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Dorman Funeral Home.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 2:00 pm at the funeral home, with the Rev. Barry Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memory Gardens near Bridge City.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robby Baker, Jeff Lewis, Dean Glende, Darren Copeland, Keith Vasek, Jeff Glende, Phillip Dupuis and Tim Wallace. Honorary pallbearers are Layne Lewis, Kevin Vasek, Colin Copeland and Dakota Porter.