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Trowell "Tee" Coppins, 79, who established Coppins & Sons Service Station on Center Street here in 1961, died Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2001) in Fairchild Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.

He was born in Pasadena, Calif., and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. He had also attended the University at Buffalo. He had lived in Lewiston since 1949.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 892nd Air Engineers, 474th Squadron, 808th Chemical Co. For 31 months he fused, armed and loaded high explosives and incendiary devices into airplanes in Europe.

In 1943, Coppins married the former Sara Benbow, who died in 1996.

Coppins operated the service station until retiring in 1987.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, an exempt member of Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and Lodge No. 584, Loyal Order of Moose. In addition, he was a member of Elks Lodge No. 346, Niagara Falls.

Survivors include two daughters, Gayle Walton of Midlothian, Va., and Phyllis Simmons of Eustis, Fla.; two sons, Richard of Lewiston and Peter of Youngstown; his mother, Madelyn Coppins of Lewiston; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. today in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets.

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