August 21, 2012

Greg Copes

Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes, age 36, of Lynch Station, Virginia, died on August 17, 2012, while supporting combat operations in Farah Province, Afghanistan.

He was shot by an Afghan police officer. 

He was assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was helping to train local police officers.

Greg graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in 1994 and Longwood University in 1999. Greg joined the Marines soon after the September 11 attacks of 2001. 

Jesus, pray for Greg
Greg had served as a military instructor around the world, including missions in Mauritania, Malaysia and Indonesia. He had previously served a tour of duty in Iraq. 

He was an avid outdoorsman and also loved music and sports. 
Family members stated that Greg was proud of his service to his country and that they are proud of him. He always strived to be the best that he could be. 

Greg is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his two brothers Earl and William Copes; his wife, Tia; and their four children ages 6 months to 6 years. Greg was predeceased by his mother. 

Let us pray that Greg Copes is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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