Odessa Businessman Passes Away

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A prominent Odessa businessman has passed away.

Houston Copeland died on Sunday at the age of 81.

You've seen his face on numerous commercials and billboards over the years.

Copeland opened up his first insurance agency in Odessa in 1967 and went on to create the largest insurance business in the West Texas area.

His granddaughters were a big feature of his commercials in town.

Copeland ended his affiliation with State Farm 36 years later and went on to open the Houston and Lisa Copeland Insurance Agency with his wife.

Funeral arrangements are pending.