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News photographer Carrol Copeland to retire

News photographer Carrol Copeland to retire

Carrol Copeland




Morning coffee conversations at a Sallisaw sweet shop centered on Fort Smith Times Record photographer Carrol Copeland:


Someone declared, “I know Carrol. He’s photographed every darn thing in the world.”


Not quite. But thousands of individuals, subjects and events: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, preachers, politicians, felons, presidents, governors, children, teens, adults, seniors, new buildings, old buildings, demolished buildings, parades, plays, meetings, coronations, wind, rain, sleet, snow, droughts, accidents, fires, fish, fowl, cats, dogs.


Also, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, streets, alleys, lanes, highways, autos, motorcycles, planes, trucks, boats, canoes, ships, trains, bridges, trails, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, mansions, new homes, old homes, shacks, athletics, dances, socials, benefits, churches, schools, clubs, organizations and a few images of his wife, Linda, and family at their Sallisaw home.


Copeland’s cameras have covered retirements. Now, he is retiring his professional gear May 24 after 38 years (and four days) with the Times Record.


Copeland was hired by then-managing editor Leroy Fry on May 20, 1974. Copeland notes the many changes in photography: “from black and white to digital and color, letter press to offset. And now on the Web. And we used to think that Dick Tracy’s wrist radio was far out.”




Tom Blake is the former regional editor and columnist of the Southwest Times Record and longtime co-worker of Carrol Copeland.

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