George Watts Copeland - Cashier - First National Bank of Clinton, South Carolina

The following information was obtained from George Watts Copeland's son:

George Watts Copeland

08/7/1884 – Laurens, SC
12/7/1965 – Clinton, SC

Rites on Friday for George W. Copeland

George Watts Copeland, 81, died Tuesday night in the Rikard Nursing Home at Lexington.  He had been in declining health about six months.  He was a native of Laurens County, son of the late John Holland and Martha Finney Copeland.  He lived in Clinton the past 60 years and was a member of the ARP Church and a former member of the Masons and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
                Mr. Copeland was cashier of the old First National Bank of Clinton and later for many years was treasurer of the Clinton Production Credit Association until his retirement.
                Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Jones Copeland, and one son, George T. Copeland, and a number of nieces and nephews.
                Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the ARP Church, conducted by the Rev. Zeb Williams and the Rev. P. L. Grier of Laurens.
                Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.
                The family is at the home at 203 North Adair Street.


Copeland Retires From Production Credit Position

                George W. Copeland had retired from his position as assistant secretary-treasurer of the Clinton Production Credit Association after 24 years of service.  He was employed as bookkeeper for the association when it was organized in 1934 and severed his connection on January 1.
                With Mr. Copeland’s retirement, he closed a career with financial offices and institutions that began in 1901 in the county treasurer’s office in Laurens under his father when a lad of 17.
                Mr. Copeland was born in 1884 near Hurricane Church in Jacks Townships, the son of John H. and Martha Thompson Finney Copeland.  His father, a farmer, served as treasurer of the county from 1885 to 1890.  Elected again in 1901, he served until 1906.  It was during this period that young George began his business career as assistant to his father.
                In 1906 Mr. Copeland accepted a position as bookkeeper wit h the First National Bank, which was just getting underway, with J.S. Craig as president and J. Downs Bell as cashier.  Mr. Craig resigned two or three years later, being succeeded by B.H. Boyd, who headed the bank until it closed during the 1931 depression.  Mr. Copeland’s services with the bank continued for 25 years.
                During the period 1931-1934 he operated a service station and looked after his farm in the Hurricane section, which he later sold.
                In 1928 Mr. Copeland was married to Miss Ethel Jones of Mountville.  They have one son.  George Thompson Copeland.  They reside on Adair Street.