Born March 30, 1948, in Rawl, he was the son of the late Woodrow Copley and Virginia Marcum Copley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John W. Copley, Jr., and a brother, Larry Copley.
John was a former employee of the City of Williamson.
John is survived by his former wife, Partheina Ellis Copley of Williamson, one son, Steve Copley of Williamson and two step-sons, William (Lisa) Ellis, Ashland, Ky. and Joey (Georgetta) Ellis also of Ashland; two brothers, Paul (Della) Copley, Belfry, Ky., and Benny Ray Copley, Winchester, Ky.; two sisters, Sally Burnette, Floyd, Va. and Pamela Ward, Warfield, Ky.; a brother-in-law, Clinton Ellis, Goodman; six grandchildren, Jason, Luke and Aaron Ellis, Amy Dawn Ellis, Crystal Smith and William Ellis, Jr., as well as two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for family members and friends will be held at the Alley Cemetery at a later date.
Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Copley family.