Sophia R. Copes

August 12, 1933 - July 2, 2017
Sophia R. Copes


Mrs. Sophia R. Copes 83, of Wilmington passed away Sunday July 2, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Sophia was born in Bartow, FL on August 12, 1933 the daughter of the late Michael and Kaliope Zervos Georgiades. She was preceded in death by her son Joe Hegler, grandchildren Ward Godwin, Constantine Godwin and Seth Hegler. Mrs Copes retired after 30 years service at Sutton Council Furniture.

Surviving are a son Charles J. Hegler of Wilmington and daughter Cathie Perry and husband Norm of Leland, sisters Mary Smith of Gainesville, FL and Anna O’Hara of Tarpon Springs, FL. her grandchildren Michael and Alex Godwin, Charles Julian Hegler III, Hunter Daniel Hegler and Christy Lewis, Great-Grandchildren Ian, Theron and Barrett Godwin.

The family will see friends 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church with a Trisagion service beginning at 7:30 PM. The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM Friday June 7, 2017 at the church with burial following at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Father Jon Emanuelson will officiate the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Godwin, Alex Godwin, Julian Hegler, Hunter Hegler, Norman Perry and Kenny Jackson.

The family would like to thank the entire medical staff  at NHRMC and the 7th floor for there wonderful care they gave Sophia.

The family would like memorials be directed to a college fund for the grandchildren make checks to NC529 plan and mailed to 204 Hughey Drive Gastonia, NC 28056.

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  • July 03, 2017
    Eddie Price, Eddies Floral Gallery says:
    Dear Charles and family, I was heartbroken to hear of Sophia's passing, We have been friends for almost 40 years. She will be greatly missed by everyone she touched. I miss Joe all the time and now she can rest with Joe. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Eddie Price

  • July 03, 2017
    Terri Lee Jones says:
    May Aunt Sophia rest in peace eternally. She loved me for who I am - I will miss her.

  • July 04, 2017
    Angela Barkas Consin says:
    Dearest Charles , I was so sad to hear about your mama . My favorite memory of your mother was always yelling at me and Joe for getting in trouble at school . She invited me over one day and I had Greek coffee with her and your grandmother and they told me my future . I also had the pleasure of working with your mama and she always did her best to help me with my design abilities and always encour age me to be a great interior designer . You and Joe and your mama always have a special place in my heart much love . Angela Barkas Consin