Bernard “Burton” Copper, 77 of Columbia, SC departed this earth on Saturday, September 2, 2023, after a lengthy illness at Prisma Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC.\n\nBurton was born on July 1, 1946 to Helen Elizabeth and Oliver R. Copper. He attended school in Talbot County. After completing his education in Maryland, Burton began his life journey in Philadelphia, PA with his aunt, Dorothy Dunmore and cousin, Pearl Beatty.\n\nOn August 23, 2005, he married in holy matrimony, Gloria Murray. \n\nHe was employed with Burgess & Why for 39 years before his retirement on September 26, 2008. On March 5, 2019, he relocated his home to Columbia, SC.\n\nHe enjoyed his life to the fullest. You could always find him listening to music. Some of his favorite tunes were Wild, Wild West and Purple Rain. He was a huge fan of Kenny Rogers. Burton admired his family gatherings, yearly 4th of July barbecues and playing cards. He was a Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed watching the football games.\n\nBurton is preceded in death by his parents, Helen Elizabeth and Oliver R. Copper; grandparents, Anna Mae and John Wesley Berry; aunts, Edith Thomas, Gertrude Williams, Dorothy Dunmore, Grace Joshua, Core Dodd and Grace Gowins; uncle, Charles Berry; twin sister Bertina Copper; nephew, Derrick Cooper; nieces, Alisia Copper and Shautonya Brooks and Cassandra Copper.\n\nHe leaves loving memories to be cherished by his wife, Gloria Copper; son, Dale Copper (Tina); step daughter, Juanda Washington; granddaughter, Dynesha Copper; grandson, Maurice Pinder; great grandchildren, Kylei, Kabreah, Alayia, Ma’Kaiyla, Omiri, Ma’Vaiah, Giovanni and Giovanna; his brothers, James and, Reginald Copper(Brenda); sister Joyce Copper; uncles, James Berry and Edward Berry; aunt, Doris Powell; special niece, Shonta Copper and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.