August 12, 1921, Norfolk, Virginia.

July 20, 2014, Sarasota, Florida.

Copes was educated at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina (BA); Union Theological Seminary, New York (MSM, BD); and the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He was a music minister in Texas, and professor of organ and church music at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, and Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He served as music editor of the Methodist General Board of Education (1958–67), headed the department of organ and church music at Birmingham Southern College, Alabama, and was minister of music at Canterbury Methodist Church, Birmingham.

  1. Epworth Church
  2. Vicar