Bobby Eugene Copheranham

Bobby Eugene Copheranham, 86, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, April 15, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Ivy Chapel, 2800 Par

amount Blvd., Amarillo, Texas. Pastor Greg Corona will officiate.

Bob was born January 28, 1936, in Kaufman County, TX, to Harold Cockerham and Jewell “Irene” Youngblood. Coming from very meager means, he set out, alone, for Tulia, TX at the age of 15 with a suitcase containing the entirety of his worldly possessions and $5 in his pocket. Upon arriving in Tulia, he was welcomed into a 2-room house by his Uncle Mac, Aunt Lottie, and

12 cousins. Bob was a member of Tulia High School’s class of 1954, although he postponed graduating until 1955 so that he could set out on a wheat harvest across the plains.

Due to his difficult upbringing, Bob would

Bobby Eugene Copheranham
Bobby Eugene Copheranham

tell you that his goals in life were to have an actual family and to get out of poverty. He met Irelene Ferguson in 1954, and they were wed 4 years later, on June 27. Together, over the span of 63 years, they made these goals a reality. They were a true partnership during the course of his career, which consisted of multiple entrepreneurial ventures. Thanks to Bob’s vision and unbelievable work ethic, he was able to give his future generations a start in life that he could only dream of as a kid.

In his later years, Bobby enjoyed train trips across the country, road trips to casinos, and spending time with his many grandkids. For the past ten years, it wasn’t uncommon to see his vehicle parked at McDonald’s, in the morning, where he would grab a cup of their cheapest coffee and visit with a group of guys that he affectionately referred to as “The Old Geezers.” He was always intentional with whomever he was talking to; always curious about what was happening in their world, more so than sharing what was happening in his. His booming laugh was infectious and would, at the very least, put a smile on every face in the room.

Bobby left this world better than he found it. Many people, from different walks of life, are better off having known him. And while his passing leaves a hole in the lives of those who loved him, there is hope that he knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

He is survived by his adoring wife Irelene, of the home; daughter Cindy Allison, of Amarillo; son Ken Copheranham and wife Kaki, of Amarillo; daughter Lisa Mills and husband Gregg, of Amarillo; grandson Jarrett Copheranham and wife Crista, of Amarillo; granddaughter Jessica Stallwitz and husband Ben, of Amarillo; granddaughter Chelsea Warnock and husband Trey, of Amarillo; grandson Joshua Allison and wife Cami, of Ashville, NC; granddaughter Ashley Cornelius and husband Hayden; of Amarillo; grandson Matthew Mills and wife Kristen of Amarillo; and 13 great-grandchildren

, with one more on the way.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hope Choice Pregnancy Centers and Mentoring Programs, PO Box 50342, Amarillo, TX 79159.

10 Replies to “Bobby Eugene Copheranham”

  1. Mr. Bob was a great man and very well respected! I appreciate all of the things he taught me and Terral is right he did make all of us feel we were part of their family. One of his favorite things that he would say to all of us Are you saving any money? Then he would go into his long story of how we all needed to save money out of every check. Prayer for all of the family!

  2. I’ve worked for Budweiser 35 years Bob and Ken very committed to work and family , it’s an honor to have served them the world is a better place with people like them in it my thoughts and prayers are with the family , wonderful family.

  3. Bobby brought great joy to us when he came to our family in 1986 or so. My late husband , Gary, always wanted a brother and he was so proud to be Bobby’s! Wonderful memories!

  4. Mr Bob as we called him was my first boss back in 1979 at Bobs Thrifty Food . I learned so much when I worked there. Not only a good boss but a good teacher as well. I felt a I was a part of his family. To know Bob you knew his family. His work ethic remained me of my own father. Irelene, Ken, Kaki and family my condolences prayers be with you and God Bless…

  5. I’ve known Bob for the last 40 years. I worked for Coca Cola and serviced his grocery stores on 10th street. He knew how to give competition a run for their money. I always enjoyed working with Bob through Coca Cola. Always treated his vendors, customers with great respect. I’ll sure honor our relationship forever , and forever remember what you stood for. 😥🙏😩

  6. I have been so blessed to have Bobby and Irelene in my life. Wonderful, warm friends. You will be missed Bobby. 🙏🏻❤️

  7. Bob and his family are very precious people thru my eyes… Bob gave me my very first job at BOB’s Central Grocery… I loved that job …great memories..thank you Bob for everything you did for me … RIP.😢🙏

  8. He was great man. He thought me allot. Last time I saw him he told me he proud of me . That mentioned allot. Thanks for being a great man to me.

    Love you always I’ll miss u dearly.

  9. Wow! What a beautiful tribute to Bob! We will miss his sense of humor and good-natured teasing at family gatherings.
    Praying for you, his precious family, as you miss your husband, father, and grandfather.
    We love you.
    Ron and Marsha Harvell

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