He was born Feb, 23, 1928, in Chattaroy to the late Logan and Dollie Stepp Copley. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Frank Copley and Logan Copley Jr.; and his sisters, Kathleen Canupp, Mary Booth, Pearl Muncy, Hazel Wellman and Maymie Copley.
He was a retired vice president and branch manager for the First National Bank of Pikeville, pastor of the Stone Baptist Church for 39 years, honorable mason, rotarian, member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Hills, a veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict, Tug Valley Man of the Year in 1965, active in the development in starting Southern West Virginia Community College, the airport authority, the development of U. S. 199 and flood protection in the area, former managing director of the chamber of commerce and former English teacher at Belfry High School. An avid gardner, he loved to fish.
He is survived by his wife, Joanna Williamson Copley; three sons, Bruce T. (Kim) Copley of Forest Hills, Cohen E. (Angie) Copley of Falmouth, Ky., and Jack Alan (Virginia) Copley of Crestwood, Ky.; one sister, Joann Moody of Chauncy, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Zeb Copley and Easton Copley of Falmouth; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday Sept. 4, at the First Baptist Church of Forest Hills with the Rev. Scottie Sumner and the Rev. W. L. Bostic officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Ky., with Bruce T. Copley, Cohen E. Copley, Jack Alan Copley, Zeb Copley, Easton Copley and John Copley seving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Rufus Bostic, John Heirs, Jim Tom King, Rodney Varney, Mike Kline, Rodney Brewer, Harrison Varney and Mike Kohari.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Ky. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com